London. Nine activists of environmental organization Insulate Britain have been sentenced to several months in prison for civil disobedience in London. The court on Wednesday upheld its decision saying the convicts had made it clear that they wish to continue to defy the court’s orders.
The activists had violated an injunction and still participated in the protests.
Insulate Britain calls for complete thermal insulation of homes in Great Britain. The group stressed that the recent sharp rise in energy prices made addressing the problem all the more urgent.
The group blocked the London motorway
Many Insulate Britain activists had previously received injunctions preventing them from further roadblocks. Over the past few weeks, the group had repeatedly clinging to the asphalt to block the M25 ring road and other traffic routes in London.
Activists aged 20 to 58 were sentenced to four months in prison, with only one sentenced to six months in prison. According to the PA news agency, one of the activists announced that she would go on a hunger strike after her prison sentence.
Activists’ lawyer Raj Chadha criticized the decision against the instrument of civil disobedience. “Instead of the courts shutting down the alarmists, it should be the government that saves us from the climate crisis,” Chada said.
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