Five environmental activists remain detained following a protest that interrupted a performance of the play on Wednesday The Miserables in the British capital, as reported this Thursday by the London Metropolitan Police (Met).
The five suspects, belonging to the group Just Stop Oilwere arrested for an alleged “aggravated trespass” after invading the stage where the show was taking place, the theater Sondheim from London’s West End, according to police sources. The Met confirmed today in a statement that the detainees remain in the police station and urged potential witnesses to provide audiovisual evidence of the incident.
“The protesters infiltrated the performance of ‘Les Miserables’ around 9:00 p.m. (20 GMT) on the night of Wednesday, October 4, and entered the stage area. As a result, the function was suspended,” the body explained in the note, in which it states that it “quickly” detained five individuals aged 28, 23, 22, 19 and 18.
“We are aware that there are images circulating on social media, but we ask anyone with additional material to get in touch, as this will help us hold those responsible to account,” the Met inspector explained in the statement. Chris Rudd.
The images broadcast on different platforms and the testimonies of some of those present indicate that the “Just Stop Oil” activists chained themselves on the theater stage with flexible bicycle locks, amid boos from the audience.
The environmental group confirmed on its X account (formerly Twitter) that “four people are chained on the stage of a show about the French Revolution.”
“Valjean steals bread to feed a hungry son. How long until all of us are forced to steal? Just Stop Oil asks in the message, using the protagonist of Les Miserables. Jean Valjean.
“Many of the spectators will have traveled significant distances, will have bought tickets months in advance, and it is unacceptable that protesters have targeted a specific group of people to ruin what should have been a special night,” Inspector Rudd added today. in the Met note.