Eco-zealots have targeted the Bafta film awards and launched a protest on the red carpet where they were pictured chanting Just Stop Oil at celebrities as they arrived.
Protesters outside the Royal Albert Hall in London could be heard chanting ‘just stop oil’ and banging drums while surrounded by a barrier of police.
A statement from the organisation said 30 young supporters of the campaign disrupted the event to ‘demand an end to new fossil fuel projects in the UK’.
They denied the protest was a publicity stunt, instead branding it ‘a cry for help from a generation who has the most to lose’ and said it was not targeted at Bafta or the film industry.
Bafta said the activists accessed the red carpet from the street and did not cause significant disruption as guests were just re-routed.
The organisation said there was no threat to any guests, they did not gain access to restricted areas and that the protest was peaceful.
Pictured: Eco-zealots have targeted the Bafta film awards and launched a protest on the red carpet where they were pictured chanting Just Stop Oil at celebrities as they arrived
Activists during a protest by Just Stop Oil near the Royal Albert Hall, London, at the Baftas
A video shared online showed a security guard addressing colleagues in an earpiece and asking them to ‘get everyone off the red carpet’ as soon as they can.
Faith Birol, executive director of the International Energy Agency, added: ‘If governments are serious about the climate crisis, there can be no new investments in oil, gas and coal, from now – from this year.’
The group, who say they are all under the age of 30, disrupted the red carpet event at London’s Royal Albert Hall. In a reference to the recent film they wore T-shirts reading ‘Just look up’ and ‘Just Stop Oil’.
In statements shared on the Just Stop Oil website, Claudia, 23, said: ‘I am here supporting Just Stop Oil because I am absolutely terrified about our future.
‘Last year the UK government’s former chief scientific advisor warned us that what we do within the next 3-4 years will determine the future of humanity.
‘Yet our government, knowing this, knowing that continuing to support the oil industry is a death sentence for us all, remains determined to drag us down this path of suffering and destruction. And the mainstream media doesn’t care.
Movie star Benedict Cumberbatch arrives at the ceremony and is escorted past the activists
The campaigners (pictured) say they are not targeting Baftas or the industry with their protest
Police have been pictured removing some of the protesters from the area this evening
‘So we are asking those with power and influence to use it, to do what is necessary, and use their platform to demand the government just stop oil. We have to act like our lives depend on it, because they do.’
Dillon Parsons, 20, an aspiring filmmaker at the University for the Creative Arts, said: ‘I don’t want to disrupt the BAFTAS but feel I have no choice because of the danger we are all in.
‘This is not a protest against the BAFTAs or the film industry, nor is it a publicity stunt. We couldn’t care less who wins what award. This is a cry for help from a generation who has the most to lose.’
The group say actions will continue to escalate until the government makes a meaningful commitment to stop new fossil fuel.
Last month Just Stop Oil supporters delivered a letter to Downing Street asking the Prime Minister to bring an end to investment in new fossil fuel supply projects and warning that the group will take direct action if its demands are not met.
Just Stop Oil said that a reply received by the group from BEIS indicates that the government has no intention of ending new fossil fuel supply, contrary to the expert advice from the International Energy Agency that such investment is inconsistent with maintaining a safe climate.
Protesters managed to gain access to the red carpet from the street and sat down in a line
Protesters outside the Royal Albert Hall in London could be heard chanting ‘just stop oil’ and banging drums while surrounded by a barrier of police while others appeared to get removed
Hollywood actress Rebel Wilson is hosting the film awards at the Royal Albert Hall, alongside stars Daniel Kaluuya, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh and Tom Hiddleston who will be presenting at the ceremony.
The evening will also feature entertainment by Dame Shirley Bassey, performing a rendition of a Bond theme song to celebrate 60 years of the spy film franchise, and a video message from the Duke of Cambridge, who is the president of Bafta.
The EE British Academy Film Awards will air on BBC One at 7pm.
A spokesperson for Bafta told MailOnline that the activists have not caused any disruption to the ceremony and that guests were re-rerouted away from the protest, which they described as peaceful.
They added that the protesters were able to access the red carpet from the street but did not gain access to any restricted areas.
The Met Police have been contacted for comment.
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