Isulate Britain declares M25 “site of non-violent civil resistance” | Isolate Brittany
Insulate Britain said the M25 was a “site of non-violent civil resistance” and called on motorists to stay at 20mph on the highway or avoid it altogether, after a new injunction barred the group from driving on the main roads of England.
He comes after Grant Shapps, the Secretary of Transportation, announcement that the British roads agency, National Highways, had obtained an injunction prohibiting the group from demonstrating on “the entire strategic road network” of England.
A 251-page appendix to the injunction, published on the national roads website, specifies each road from which the group is prohibited.
The campaigners’ response to the injunction came on a day when a brief but delicate exchange between one of his spokespersons and TalkRadio presenter Mike Graham went viral after the latter suggested concrete could grow. like trees.
Speaking to the Guardian after the interview, spokesperson Cameron Ford, 31, of Cambridge, said: ‘If these people are responsible for educating the public, what a 2C is? [of global warming] the world looks like, when they don’t even know what can and can’t grow on this planet, then we’re in trouble.
Insulate Britain said its M25 statement was a response to the latest injunction, the fifth taken against the group. It has repeatedly defied previous orders, exposing its members to contempt of court prosecution, which can result in two years in prison and an unlimited fine.
The group said in a statement: “From 7:00 am on Wednesday, October 27, M25 will become a place of nonviolent civil resistance to prevent our government from committing crimes against humanity.
Insulate Britain resumed its campaign of disruptive protests on roads in and around London on Monday morning after a 10-day hiatus, with three roadblocks in the financial district.
In a statement posted on its website, the group said it was asking drivers to avoid using the London Orbital Motorway, or if they do, to maintain their speed at 20 mph “to reduce the risk of accidents “. He also called on the national highways to enforce this new speed limit and for the police to refuse to arrest its members, “because we respect the British constitution and they have a duty to refuse to obey any government that does not respect not his first and most important responsibility: the protection of people in Britain. He said access would be granted to emergency vehicles.
Shapps said new legislation would give the criminal justice system the power to manage protest groups such as Insulate Britain. “The long-term solution lies in changes to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, giving additional powers against disruptive protests that target critical national infrastructure,” he said on Twitter. “This includes unlimited fines and prison terms of up to six months for obstructing highways.”
Insulate Britain has organized 14 days of action on critical roads around London since September 13, leading to hundreds of arrests. The group had originally planned to have dozens of “climate prisoners” in UK prisons by the start of the Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow in late October, but so far none have been held for more than ‘one week.