Eco-mob block M25 in Essex: Insulate Britain stage 16th protest

Eco-mob are now WALKING along the M25: Insulate Britain activists are drenched by rain as they wander along UK’s busiest motorway in latest tactic to cause rush-hour chaos

Insulate Britain once again blocked the M25 today with 14 of the activists walking onto the motorway in rush hour.

The eco zealots, who were carrying out their 16th day of road demonstrations in less than seven weeks, were on Britain’s busiest motorway between junctions 28 e 29 near Brentwood in Essex from 8am this morning.

The campaign group boasted that they caused ‘major disruption on the M25 in several locations, by walking on the motorwayand were ‘demanding that the Government gets on with the job of insulating Britain’s homes’.

Insulate Britain have brought chaos to motorways and A roads across the capital since mid-September with 146 people taking part in the campaign and 739 arrests made so farbut no one has yet been charged.

The activists were effectively banned from all major roads in England on Monday after a major High Court ruling, and a hearing yesterday was told just three days of their protests had an ‘economic costof almost £900,000.

Insulate Britain protesters again block the M25 this morning by walking onto the motorway between junctions 28 e 29

Insulate Britain protesters again block the M25 this morning by walking onto the motorway between junctions 28 e 29

Insulate Britain boasted of causing 'major disruption on the M25 in several locations' and are on the M25 in Essex today

Insulate Britain boasted of causing ‘major disruption on the M25 in several locationsand are on the M25 in Essex today

Insulate Britain are on Britain's busiest motorway between junctions 28 e 29 near Brentwood in Essex this morning

Insulate Britain are on Britain’s busiest motorway between junctions 28 e 29 near Brentwood in Essex this morning

Police officers stand next to Insulate Britain campaigners who walked onto the M25 between junctions 28 e 29 oggi

Police officers stand next to Insulate Britain campaigners who walked onto the M25 between junctions 28 e 29 oggi

Oggi, an Essex Police spokesman said: ‘We are on scene of disruption on the M25. We received a call at 8am that a number of people were blocking the road between Junction 28 e 29. Officers are already on scene and the southbound track has been reopened. We’ll bring you more information when we have it.

Insulate Britain spokesman Liam Norton said: ‘In a couple of days Cop26 will start in Glasgow and the eyes of the world will be on this country. Britain should be leading the world with radical plans to decarbonise our society.

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settembre 13 – 78 Isolare i manifestanti della Gran Bretagna arrestati dopo aver bloccato gli incroci 3, 6, 14, 20 e 31 dell'M25

settembre 15 – Più di 50 manifestanti arrestati dopo aver preso di mira gli incroci 1, 8, 9 e 23 dell'M25

settembre 17 – 48 manifestanti arrestati dopo aver preso di mira gli incroci 3, 9 e 28 dell'M25, così come l'M3

settembre 20 – 29 i manifestanti vengono arrestati dopo aver bloccato la M25 agli incroci 4 e 18, così come la A1

settembre 21 – I manifestanti rischiano la morte imbattendosi nel traffico in movimento per bloccare la carreggiata vicino allo svincolo 10. Alcuni 38 vengono effettuati gli arresti. National Highways ottiene un'ingiunzione contro ulteriori proteste sulla M25

settembre 22 – I manifestanti bruciano copie dell'ingiunzione fuori dal Ministero degli Interni, bloccando la strada fuori dal ministero. Non vengono effettuati arresti

settembre 24 – 39 manifestanti arrestati dopo aver bloccato le strade in tre località a Dover. Sono tutti rilasciati sotto inchiesta. National Highways ottiene una seconda ingiunzione per Dover.

settembre 27 – 53 i manifestanti vengono arrestati per aver bloccato una rampa di accesso a Junction 14 dell'M25. Sono tutti rilasciati sotto inchiesta.

settembre 28 – National Highways dice che sta prendendo "consulenza legale"’ su come far rispettare la sua ingiunzione

settembre 29 – 27 i manifestanti vengono arrestati per aver bloccato una rotonda a Junction 3 dell'M25 in due occasioni

settembre 30 – I manifestanti tornano al bivio 30 a Thurrock nell'Essex, e nove vengono arrestati

ottobre 1: Il gruppo blocca la M4 allo svincolo 3, la M1 allo svincolo 1 e M25 allo svincolo 25. Alcuni 39 arresti

ottobre 2: La terza ingiunzione vieta loro di ostacolare il traffico e l'accesso alle autostrade e alle principali strade A di Londra e dintorni

ottobre 4: 38 arresti dopo che i manifestanti hanno bloccato tre strade principali a Londra – il tunnel di Blackwall, Wandsworth Bridge e A40 e North Circular a Hanger Lane.

ottobre 8: 19 arrestato per protesta alla rotonda di Old Street e un altro 16 sulla M25 allo svincolo 24. Transport for London ottiene un'ingiunzione dell'Alta Corte per vietare loro di ostacolare il traffico in 14 sedi a Londra.

ottobre 13: I manifestanti tornano sulla M25 allo svincolo 31 e una vicina zona industriale, con 35 persone arrestate.

ottobre 25: Activists target areas around Southwark Bridge, Canary Wharf and Liverpool Street station. Alcuni 53 sono arrestati.

ottobre 27: Protesters blockade the A40 in North Acton, West London, and a major roundabout next to the Dartford Crossing in Kent. Kent Police arrested 32 manifestanti, while the Metropolitan Police detained 17.

ottobre 29: 14 activists from Insulate Britain walk onto the M25 between junctions 28 e 29 nell'Essex

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‘What we have instead is a budget that is yet another act of treason by this government upon its own people. It is a plan that facilitates mass murder. The citizens of this country should be in open revolt. We need change and we need it quickly.

‘It is clear that this government has no intention of getting on with the job that they were elected to do. No intention of protecting the country from climate collapse. Our children’s futures have been trashed.

‘Our country sold out. We have been betrayed by the traitors now in power. We ask all decent ordinary people to join us, to rise up and take part in nonviolent civil resistance against tyranny.

Il gruppo, which is an offshot of Extinction Rebellion, has demanded that Boris Johnson ‘gets on with the job of insulating Britain’s homes which is the best first step to cutting our carbon emissions’.

They claim this will avoid 8,500 deaths due to fuel poverty and help struggling families pay their energy bills this winter.

Another spokesman for the group, Tracey Malligan, disse: ‘ I wish I didn’t have to cause disruption, but nonviolent civil resistance is the only thing that will get the job done, it is the only thing that has a hope of working within the short time that we have. Within a few years, we will face rising levels of disruption, chaos and tragedy.

‘Extreme weather, floods and crop failure are just the start. Do you have any idea what happens to society and law and order when the food runs out? It’s going to get ugly. Vulnerable elderly folk, families with kids and the disabled will be the first to die.

‘It’s time to stop passively expecting your government to take care of this. They do not have your best interests at heart. It’s time to get off the sidelines and join us. It’s black and whitewe either resist this criminality or we are complicit in it

It comes after the High Court was told yesterday that three days of Insulate Britain protests had an ‘economic costof almost £900,000. Activists from group have blocked major roads on 16 days since September 13.

Demonstrations which took place in different junctions on the M25 and A20 on September 13, 15 e 24, were ‘incredibly dangerousand ‘unpredictable’, according to National Highways.

The protests, one of which lasted for over seven hours, had an estimated cost of £883,962, i documenti del tribunale rivelano.

It came as part of a written submission by the agency’s barrister, who was seeking continuation of an interim injunction at a hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice in London yesterday.

The injunction bans the group from obstructing traffic and prevents access to 4,300 miles of motorways and major A-roads.

Saira Kabir Sheikh QC argued: ‘The estimated, lower bound, costs of these protests on drivers are substantial, with the lowest still causing £20,124 in loss and the most impactful, finora, costing an estimated £324,107.

‘This does not account for any costs associated with missed appointments, disruption to manufacturing or retail, missed transportation slots at airports or ports, or the direct cost to police or National Highways of managing the incidents.

Ms Sheikh said Duncan Smith, the acting executive director of operations of National Highways, warned in a witness statement it is ‘only a matter of timebefore a ‘serious incidentoccurs as the result of the road blockades.

She went on to say ‘there is a real and imminent riskof larger scale and wider ranging protests from the group which will ’cause significantly more disruption’.

Ms Sheikh added: ‘Further, it is stated that the unpredictable nature of the location of the protests and lack of advance warning together with the increasing public safety risk is preventing NHL (National Highways) from carrying out its statutory duty as the highway authority for the SRN (strategic road network) – particularly in regard to the safety of the travelling public.

At the end of yesterday’s hearing, Mr Justice Lavender adjourned the decision on whether to grant a continuation to the injunction, after Insulate Britain activists argued they were not given enough time to gain legal representation.

Dr Diana Warner, un membro del gruppo, detto alla corte: ‘We are talking about an existential emergency, not about people being late to their jobs or losing a bit of money, we need to change what we’re doing for everybody’s future.

‘This is an example of bullying, no other groups are being singled out for doing worse, it’s bullying and I hope this court doesn’t sanction it.

Activist Mr Norton argued that more time should have been given to the group ahead of the hearing for activists to gain legal representation.

Another member of the group declared: ‘This is unfair, it is bullying and a questionable politicisation of the legal system.

Mr Justice Lavender told the court: ‘What I’m minded to do is adjourn my consideration to a later date to give the defendants a bit more time to gain legal representation.

It means the order remains in place until a hearing on November 11.

Members of Insulate Britain have also been made subject to three other injunctions granted to National Highways, banning demonstrations on the M25, around the Port of Dover and on major roads around London.

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