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Traffic brought to standstill by lone protester and pushchair in Sevenoaks

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Original article from Kent Live

Traffic in Sevenoaks was brought to a standstill this morning (May 1) by a lone protester.

The woman sat down in the road with an empty pushchair, quickly causing a long tailback of traffic.

She held a sign which read: "I'm terrified to have children because of the climate crisis."

Evy Barry saw the bizarre incident while shopping at around 11am.

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Despite receiving unpleasant feedback from onlookers and drivers, Evy said the woman stuck to her guns until she was confronted by a police officer.

Evy said: “He spent some minutes trying to persuade her back onto the pavement and only succeeded when he conceded he wouldn't arrest her if she complied, which having made her point, she did."

Evy said the one-person protest had mixed reactions, with some people cheering as the woman dragged her pushchair off the road and others admiring her courage.

She said: “A man standing next to me said to me, ‘it's tragic that people have to do things like this to make themselves heard isn't it?’

“I must admit, I had never expected to be asked this question in such a conservative town but perhaps her action had gained a greater profile for that reason."

Evy spoke to the woman, named Sophie, who told her that she had felt sick with nerves but was proud of what she had done.

Sophie handed Evy an Extinction Rebellion leaflet promoting Rebellion of One.

The global environmental movement organised single person roadblocks across the country today, which saw individuals sit down alone in the road in front of traffic.

The Extinction Rebellion website reads: “Desperate times call for desperate measures.

“The government’s promises to “build back better” are revealed as lies: their policies (and budgets) give them away.

“Clearly visible behind the thin coat of greenwash are the government’s real priorities: stay in power; revive the zombie economy; bail out polluting industries; protect their own interests; and lie to us about it.

“This is our best chance to remake the world, and it’s being thrown away.

“We need to do something. At 11am on 1st May, we will.

"We will not be bystanders while the world burns."

Sophie told Evy that she believes "the damage and destruction to the Earth and its inhabitants should be a crime."

Evy said: “It certainly seems she is willing to risk being involved in one to make her views known.”

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