‘I want to throw a beef burger at them’ workers’ anger at Muller protest
FRUSTRATED workers were left craving a beef burger more than ever after a group of animal rights activists blocked their way into work. Activists from Animal Rebellion have been protesting at major dairy sites in England since Sunday (September 4) in order to try and cut off the supply of fresh milk across the country. The activists climbed on top of Muller and Amazon Prime lorries in the early hours of Tuesday morning (September 6).
Witnesses said the protest blocked cars driving on Pointon Way in Droitwich from 5am. READ MORE: Live updates as police use forklift truck to remove animal rights activists from lorries at Muller protest The protesters chained and superglued themselves to the tops of the lorries with police having to use a cherry picker to carry an officer up to the top to negotiate with them.
Officers free the protesters and put them in a safety harness before using a fork-lift truck to bring them to the ground. Some of the protesters were arrested. One appeared to be hurt before being carried to a police van.
Protesters were targeting the Muller Milk and Ingredients site in Hampton Lovett, but office workers, lorry drivers and neighbours were left with no other option but to act as spectators. Lorry driver Manny Singh near Animal Rebellion protest Manny Singh, who is a lorry driver, said: "I've been here since 7am it's just terrible."
Emily Gaskell-Martin, who works in Worcester, said: "I work in Worcester, but I haven't got past this road since 6am. "I think it's ridiculous, I can't see what they're achieving with our cars with the emissions on all the while we're waiting for them to move." READ MORE: Animal Rebellion protest outside Muller Dairy in Hampton Lovett
Emily Gaskell-Martin has been stuck on the road since 6am Ash Charlton, who had been waiting for the road to clear since 7am, said: "You can do what you want, but you're blocking the road - how much is it costing the taxpayer when you're taking police out of their central jobs. Ash Charlton, Allen Lewis, Cameron Duggan, Emily Gaskell-Martin and Dave Wilde
"You can protest, but there are probably legal ways to do it." Another bystander said: "They want sympathy for their cause, but this is not the way to do it. "I don't think it's achieving what they're hoping for."
Tom Price, who works at AKW Medi-care, said: "I've had to come to work and I was late, I was late to earn money." Brandon Caroll, Lee Doody and Tom Price cannot access work because of the protest Mr Price added: "This protest isn't going to change the world.
"We're angry, it makes me want to throw a burger at their head." Several other businesses were affected by the protest as Reece Hopkins and his colleagues Daniel Gilmore and Charlie Annis were left hungry due to the protest. Mr Hopkins said: "We work in the area and we always get a food van round here, but it can't come down here today because of the protest.
"It's not the best thing, blocking all this, including other companies, we're an internet provider, we don't have anything to do with killing animals. "But they're the reason why someone in Devon doesn't have any internet today." The activist group, who campaign for a plant-based future, warned 10 Downing Street of disruptive action in September unless progress towards their demands were met.
Police said on Tuesday they had arrested 13 individuals at the site and a further 21 protesters have been arrested for aggravated trespassing offences.
More have since been arrested.