UK climate activists target roads again despite injunction
Petroleumworld 10 27 2021
Protesters from the Insulate Britain campaign block a road near Canary Wharf in east London, Monday, Oct. 25, 2021. Environmental protesters pressuring the British government to insulate all homes within a decade have resumed a road-blocking campaign in London ahead of the United Nations’ annual climate conference. (Victoria Jones/PA via AP)
Climate protesters sought to block two major roads into London on Wednesday, despite court injunctions banning them from disrupting traffic.
Activists from the group Insulate Britain, which wants the government to better insulate homes in the country to cut carbon emissions, targeted two busy roads leading into the capital during the morning rush hour.
Kent Police said they arrested 14 people, including some who had glued themselves to the road surface. The protesters were detained on suspicion of obstructing a highway or conspiring to cause a public nuisance.
The protests came after four court injunctions were taken out against the group, which meant that activists could be jailed if they block highways.
Insulate Britain has targeted busy roads and brought some streets in London’s financial district to a standstill in numerous protests over recent weeks to make their voices heard.
Protester Amy Pritchard, who said she has been arrested 11 times since September, said she felt the group’s cause was more important than any legal consequences she would face.
“We will continue until our demands are met and we are prevented from doing this,” she said. “The decarbonization at the speed and scale that is necessary is more important than the legal consequences for us all individually.”
ap.com 10 27 2021