Just Stop Oil protesters invaded Court 18 of Wimbledon, disrupting an ongoing game on Wednesday.
The protesters released orange glitter onto the court during a men’s singles match before one of them sat cross-legged on the turf. here are videos and photos of the incident shared on social media:
At the time of the protest, Grigor Dimitrov was playing Sho Shimabukuro. A security staff member quickly removed the individual from the court without incident. Ground staff swept the glitter off the court, which did not appear to be damaged from the invasion.
A number of European sporting events have been disrupted by these protesters in the recent past. The pro-environmental group disrupted the second Ashes cricket test at Lord’s last week. There too they attempted to spread orange powder on the wicket.
They also disrupted this year’s Premiership Rugby final and the World Snooker Championship in Sheffield where they smeared orange powder over a table.
Their plan to disrupt Wimbledon was hatched last month. The original plan was to glue themselves to Wimbledon’s Centre Court.
A Sun undercover reporter said, “An image of someone’s hand glued to something on Centre Court would be amazing. That would be very inspiring. There’s a lot of people up for that.” According to an insider the protesters discussed whether they should glue themselves to the net, the umpire’s chair or the grass.
One protester allegedly said back in June: “Wimbledon is a bit of an open secret. It would be an iconic image. It would be an even better photo than the snooker.”
Just Stop Oil is a UK-based environmental activist. The group frequently uses civil resistance, vandalism, and direct action, in their efforts to get the British government to commit to halting new fossil fuel licensing and production.