Once notorious for its smog, London’s latest attempt to combat climate change has ignited a fiery backlash from its citizens.
The city’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) rules transformed a significant portion of the city into a no-go zone for most vehicles, sparking outrage and prompting a wave of civil disobedience.
The ULEZ policy, designed to improve air quality, has designated a 147-square-mile sector as a pollution-free zone. The catch? Only vehicles meeting stringent emission standards are permitted entry.
This move effectively barred residents from accessing large parts of their own city with their cars, leading to an uproar among the populace.
These cameras are used in London to scan license plates & automatically fine people who drive cars that don’t meet ‘emission standards’.
A vigilante group calling themselves the Blade Runners is taking them down. pic.twitter.com/FCvJXGzXpi
— Stew Peters (@realstewpeters) June 20, 2023
The situation is also set to escalate. City Hall plans to expand this zone to over 600 square miles, encompassing an additional five million residents next year.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan hailed the plan as “transformational,” promising cleaner air and healthier lives. However, many residents view it as an oppressive measure that infringes on their freedom.
Enter the “ULEZ blade runners,” a group of defiant citizens who refuse to be silenced by these draconian rules.
They’ve taken matters into their own hands, vandalizing and disabling the surveillance cameras installed to monitor compliance with the ULEZ rules. Their mission? To dismantle the infrastructure and awaken the masses to what they perceive as an overreach of government power.
The surveillance system, a network of hundreds of cameras, photographs every car on the road, checking vehicle registrations against emission standards. Non-compliant vehicles incur a daily fine of $15.88, which can escalate to an additional $288.71 if unpaid.
With no exemptions for local residents or workers, millions were instantly criminalized under the new climate change laws.
It's so beautiful.
London Vigilante's dubbing themselves "Bladerunners" are going out and destroying all the traffic cameras being set up to enforce green restrictions and taxes.
Petty vandalism has power even mass protests do not.
A "Broken windows" policy as it were. pic.twitter.com/hGTAbBdk1U
— CatGirl Kulak 😻😿 (Anarchonomicon) (@FromKulak) August 2, 2023
The ULEZ blade runners have been relentless in their efforts, using cordless impact tools to remove cameras, cutting wires to render them inoperable, and obscuring lenses with bags or paint.
In May alone, officials reported 96 cameras affected, but since then, police have ceased reporting the number of damaged or blocked cameras.
In response, the London Metropolitan Police announced the creation of a new unit, “Operation Eremon,” to track down these so-called vandals. However, details about the operation remain vague, leaving many to question its effectiveness.
Meanwhile, city hall dismisses the blade runners as mere “vandals” acting out of opposition to the policy.
Whereas these citizens argue they’re fighting against an out-of-control government imposing burdensome rules that disproportionately affect the lower and middle classes. They see the ULEZ policy as proof that the elites prioritize their agenda over the welfare of their citizens.