Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Climate group Insulate Britain blocks two UK motorways

Climate activists from Insulate Britain blocked two UK motorways on Friday morning in their 10th day of protest in the past three weeks.

The group said around 30 of its workers blocked the M4 at Junction 3 near Heathrow Airport and the M1 at Junction 1 in Brent Cross, north London.

Insulate Britain said the protesters included eight people released from police custody on Thursday after blocking the M25 at Junction 30 in Essex and others who were arrested earlier this week.

“We are not going anywhere: the action will continue until the government forms [sic] A statement to save the UK’s 29 million seepage homes,” the group said on Twitter.

Insulate Britain, an offshoot of Extinction Rebellion, is demanding that the government insulate all homes across the UK to cut carbon emissions.

After the group repeatedly closed down parts of Britain’s busiest motorway, the M25, last month, the government obtained an injunction against the protest and warned that activists could face possible imprisonment if more such attempts were made. Will have.

But the group defied the injunction and intensified its protest by blocking the Port of Dover in south-east England, Europe’s busiest ferry port, on 24 September.

This week, activists increased the frequency of their actions and blocked the M25 on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Sir Stephen House, Deputy Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, said on Thursday that he was concerned that the police force was under so much pressure to quickly end the protests that “officers are putting their lives at risk.”

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“Most recently I saw officers running between articulated lorries running on the main carriageway of the M25. We can’t do that. We can’t put people’s lives at risk. My officers’ lives are at risk and in fact The lives of protesters in the U.S. are at risk,” he told the Police and Crime Committee of the London Assembly.

“They started on the slip road, which is pretty bad, but now we’ve moved onto the main carriageway of the M25, which is utter madness,” he said.

The government on Wednesday said legal action has been initiated against green activists arrested for blocking roads.

But police have said it is “very difficult” to make charges against the perpetrators.

Lisa Townsend, Police and Surrey’s crime commissioner, who has also been hit by road-blocked protests in recent weeks, said on Wednesday that emails from local residents in her inbox were asked: “How were these people only arrested? He is going? Be released to do it again?”

“It has been very difficult for the police because if they commit a relatively minor offense on the protesters, it is likely to be shut down. And if they try to make the charge more severe, they may find that it is not reaching the required range,” she explained.

PA contributed to this report.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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