Insulate Britain activist who tied himself to post at Everton game urges parents to join in with protests 'to protect children’s futures’

Louis Mckechnie tied himself to the post during a game at Goodison Park
Louis Mckechnie tied himself to the post during a game at Goodison Park
Aden-Jay Wood

By Aden-Jay Wood

Published: 22/03/2022

- 16:13

Updated: 22/03/2022

- 16:45

Louis McKechnie told GB News that he won't stop protesting until the Government stops digging up fossil fuels

An Insulate Britain protester who tied himself to the goalpost during a Premier League football game has urged parents to join him in taking a stand against the Government.

Louis McKechnie, 21 used a cable-tie to attach himself to the post during the first half of last Thursday’s match between Everton and Newcastle at Goodison Park.

His actions caused widespread controversy across the country, while former footballer Gary Lineker took to Twitter to agree with his message.

Mr Lineker said: “Whether you approve of this young man’s methods or not, he’s right, his future is perilous. Desperate times and all that."

But Mr McKechnie isn’t done there, having told GB News he has more action planned, while also urging others to join in because “this is the only chance we have to protect our generations future”.

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Mr McKechnie wore a Just Stop Oil t-shirt during the protest

He said: “We’re going to be doing a lot more. At the start of April, we are going to be grinding fossil fuel infrastructure to a halt.

“Hundreds and hundreds of people will be going out and locking these pieces of infrastructure with their bodies and getting arrested.

“This is the only chance we have to protect our generation's future. If you have children, this is the only chance you have to protect their long-term future.”

Mr McKechnie wants parents to join in on his future protests
Mr McKechnie wants parents to join in on his future protests
Insulate Britain

The 21-year-old engineering student also sent a strong message to the Government, vowing not to stop protesting until they halt new fossil fuel licensing, as well as stop digging it out of the ground.

He added: “The Government aren’t listening to the scientists. My generation is in the firing line and this is the last option that we have.

“Either you stop new licensing for fossil fuels now or we will make you stop.

“We won’t stop until the Government agree to stop new fossil fuel licensing, stop digging it out of the ground.

“We won’t stop until they do this in a way that leaves nobody behind. That makes the fossil fuel companies and the ultra-wealthy pay for what they have done to the people of this country and the people of this planet.

“We will stop when the Government get a grip and act now."

The Government continues to condemn environmental activists and their actions, including during the infamous chaos caused on the M25 motorway.

In December, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said he was "appalled" by the £4.3million bill spent to police the protests.

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