Frustrated motorists clash with Extinction Rebellion protesters blocking traffic in Rome

Frustrated motorists clash with Extinction Rebellion protesters blocking traffic in Rome

Outraged drivers resorted to dragging environmental activists off a busy motorway in Rome after they blocked traffic during a demonstration last week.

Frustrated motorists have clashed with environmental activists who blocked a busy motorway during a demonstration in Rome on Thursday.

Footage shows activists from the Last Generation group, which is supported by Extinction Rebellion, lined across the Raccordo motorway, one of the city’s busiest ring-roads.

Protesters holding banners and dressed in hi-vis ignored the sound of car horns blaring as they formed a roadblock, causing traffic to backup for hundreds of meters.

But fed-up motorists took matters into their own hands when they exited their vehicles to drag each protester off the road one-by-one.

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Vision shows one man snatch a banner from activists before he another man drag two protesters by the arm onto the side of the road.

While traffic is momentarily able to pass, the protesters quickly resume to their positions causing traffic to backup again.

The incident prompts one man to repeatedly drag a woman by her hair, however she continues to run back to her position in the middle of the road.

According to Italian publication Corriere Dello Sport, the protesters were part of Last Generation, a branch of global environmental group Extinction Rebellion.

The organization was calling for an end to all fuel extraction projects, and that Italy does not restart its coal-plants, instead prioritizing wind and solar options.

In December, Last Generation protesters blocked another major road in Rome, urging the government to take action on the climate crisis.

Demonstrators dressed in hi-vis vests gathered along the Maglianella viaduct on the A90 motorway, where claimed they were slapped, kicked and spat on by enraged drivers.

It was the first time the group used a road-block tactic as part of demonstrations, a method popularized by Extinction Rebellion protesters in the United Kingdom.

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