Students risk ruining their chances in life by joining Just Stop Oil’s plans to paralyse London, Gillian Keegan warns
- Keegan urged universities to warn students of consequences of their actions
After the Mail revealed the eco-group’s ‘horrifying’ plan to infiltrate freshers’ week and build an army of impressionable undergraduates, the Education Secretary urged university bosses to warn students of the consequences that engaging in criminal activity ‘could have for their futures’.
And she said institutions must be prepared for ‘any heightened risk of unlawful activity taking place’ on their campus.
The militant eco-activists will descend on universities in a bid to persuade hundreds of young people to take part in a fresh wave of protests, leaked documents show. The group wants to target freshers’ weeks and lure students into attending ‘non-violence training sessions’, where they will learn how to passively resist arrest.
As well as holding meetings for students worried about climate change, they will stage ‘transgressive actions’ on campus such as mock oil spills and spraying university buildings with fire extinguishers. It is part of Just Stop Oil’s preparations for a ‘D-Day’ protest – a week-long series of slow marches to blockade roads in the capital in November.
After the Mail revealed the eco-group’s ‘horrifying’ plan to infiltrate freshers’ week and build an army of impressionable undergraduates, the Education Secretary urged university bosses to warn students of the consequences that engaging in criminal activity ‘could have for their futures’ (File Photo)
Over a six-week recruitment drive on campuses, organisers hope to ‘mobilise enough students to take action to generate more than 500 student arrests’. They want the youngsters to contribute to their goal of ‘overwhelming’ police stations and courts with 3,000 activists.
In a letter to vice-chancellors, Mrs Keegan said she was ‘extremely concerned’. She wrote: ‘I strongly encourage you to ensure that students are aware of the consequences that engaging in any criminal activity could have for their futures. If convicted, students could face fines, community service or even imprisonment. And of course, a criminal record would follow them through their lives.’
Just Stop Oil activists cover the headquarters of Conservative think tank Policy Exchange in orange paint
Starting on September 25, Just Stop Oil activists will flood university cities during freshers’ week, the first week of the university year, to encourage students to attend ‘big talks’ about climate change.
Tory MP Gareth Johnson said: ‘This plan by Just Stop Oil is a conspiracy to cause criminal damage and create a public nuisance. It’s one thing to protest for a cause, it’s another to indoctrinate others to carry out criminal offences. I hope the police come down hard on them over this.’
A Just Stop Oil spokesman said: ‘Student supporters are planning to meet with their peers to explain the need for action in the face of the very real threat to their future posed by new oil and gas.’