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 和 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 motorway’ and 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 far – but 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 cost’ of almost £900,000.
Insulate Britain protesters again block the M25 this morning by walking onto the motorway between junctions 28 和 29
Insulate Britain boasted of causing ‘major disruption on the M25 in several locations’ and are on the M25 in Essex today
Insulate Britain are on Britain’s busiest motorway between junctions 28 和 29 near Brentwood in Essex this morning
Police officers stand next to Insulate Britain campaigners who walked onto the M25 between junctions 28 和 29 今天
今天, 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 和 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.
Insulate Britain: How activists have made a mockery of the law
九月 13 – 78 Insulate Britain protesters arrested after blocking junctions 3, 6, 14, 20 和 31 of the M25
九月 15 – 多于 50 protesters arrested after targeting junctions 1, 8, 9 和 23 of the M25
九月 17 – 48 protesters arrested after targeting junctions 3, 9 和 28 of the M25, as well as the M3
九月 20 – 29 protesters are arrested after blocking the M25 at junctions 4 和 18, as well as the A1
九月 21 – Protesters risk death by running into moving traffic to block the carriageway near Junction 10. 一些 38 arrests are made. National Highways obtains an injunction against further protests on the M25
九月 22 – Protesters burn copies of the injunction outside the Home Office, blocking the road outside the ministry. No arrests are made
九月 24 – 39 protesters arrested after blocking roads at three locations in Dover. They are all released under investigation. National Highways obtains a second injunction covering Dover.
九月 27 – 53 protesters are arrested for blocking a slip road at Junction 14 of the M25. They are all released under investigation.
九月 28 – National Highways says it is taking ‘legal advice’ over how to enforce its injunction
九月 29 – 27 protesters are arrested for blocking a roundabout at Junction 3 of the M25 on two occasions
九月 30 – Protesters return to junction 30 at Thurrock in Essex, and nine are arrested
十月 1: The group block the M4 at junction 3, the M1 at junction 1 and M25 at junction 25. 一些 39 逮捕
十月 2: Third injunction bans them from obstructing traffic and access to motorways and major A roads in and around London
十月 4: 38 arrests after protesters block three major roads in London – the Blackwall Tunnel, Wandsworth Bridge and A40 and North Circular at Hanger Lane.
十月 8: 19 arrested over protest at Old Street roundabout and a further 16 on the M25 at junction 24. Transport for London gets a High Court injunction to ban them from obstructing traffic in 14 locations in London.
十月 13: Protesters return to the M25 at junction 31 and a nearby industrial estate, 与 35 people arrested.
十月 25: Activists target areas around Southwark Bridge, Canary Wharf and Liverpool Street station. 一些 53 被捕.
十月 27: Protesters blockade the A40 in North Acton, 西伦敦, and a major roundabout next to the Dartford Crossing in Kent. Kent Police arrested 32 抗议者, while the Metropolitan Police detained 17.
十月 29: 14 activists from Insulate Britain walk onto the M25 between junctions 28 和 29 在埃塞克斯
‘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.’
群组, 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, 说过: ‘ 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 white – we 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 cost’ of 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 和 24, were ‘incredibly dangerous’ and ‘unpredictable’, according to National Highways.
The protests, one of which lasted for over seven hours, had an estimated cost of £883,962, 法庭文件显示.
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, so far, 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 time’ before a ‘serious incident’ occurs as the result of the road blockades.
She went on to say ‘there is a real and imminent risk’ of larger scale and wider ranging protests from the group which will ’cause significantly more disruption’.
Ms Sheikh added: '更多, 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, a member of the group, 告诉法庭: ‘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.