Nine protesters have been jailed for violating a High Court injunction by blocking the M25.
‘We are unstoppable,’ protesters chanted.
‘Another world is possible!’ they exclaimed in court until the judge intervened.
The High Court has sentenced nine Insulate Britain activists to prison for violating an injunction preventing the group from blocking the M25.
Seven of the protesters were sentenced to four months in prison, two to three months, and one to six months for his statement to the judge yesterday.
Mr Taylor told the High Court on Tuesday that if he isn’t “put in prison” for violating an injunction prohibiting protests on the M25, he will “go and block the motorway at the earliest opportunity and will continue to do so until the Government makes a meaningful statement and acts on it,” according to LBC.
Dr. Ben Buse, 36, Ana Heyatawin, 58, Louis McKechnie, 20, Oliver Roc, 41, Emma Smart, 44, Tim Speers, 36, James Thomas, 47, and Ben Taylor, 27 were among the nine members.
National Highways’ lawyer, Myriam Stacey QC, is requesting that the protesters pay the £91,000 legal fees that have been incurred in bringing the case to court, and that judges issue a written decision at a later date.
Ms Smart went on a hunger strike, claiming that she is “morally correct, if legally incorrect.”
She declared an immediate hunger strike and stated in a statement released after she and the other activists were taken to the cells by security officers that the government is “betraying us.”
“This court may think I’m on the wrong side of the law, but I know in my heart I’m on the right side of history,” she said.
I’m not going to stand there and watch.”
“We are unstoppable,” the protesters chanted.
“Another world is possible!” they exclaimed in court, until the judge intervened.
“I’ve spent the last three years working in conversation and climate activism voluntarily,” Ms Smart told the Judge.
You’re claiming more for postage than I’ve made in the previous three years.”
In September, Insulate Britain launched a wave of protests that shut down the M25 and other major highways.
On many inner London roads, including Wandsworth Bridge, members have glued their hands to the roads and staged sit-ins.
The group is urging the government to take action.
UK news summary from Infosurhoy.
Nine protesters have been jailed for blocking the M25 in violation of a High Court injunction.
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Insulate Britain: Nine protesters jailed for breaching High Court injunction with M25 blockades