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Insulate Britain activists burn injunction papers outside court

INSULATE BRITAIN members burnt injunction papers served to them outside the Royal Courts of Justice today to show their “determination to carry on protesting.” 

About 18 activists wearing orange high-vis vests set fire to pages of injunctions handed to them by National Highways (formerly Highways England). 

The action outside the Royal Courts of Justice took place during a hearing in connnection with three injunctions prohibiting protests on the M25 motorway, at the port of Dover and on major roads around London. 

Last Friday, Insulate Britain activists blocked Old Street roundabout in London and the M25 during the rush hour as part of their ongoing campaign of civil disobedience aimed at pressing ministers to insulate millions of homes, starting with those of the poorest. 

The action was the group’s 12th in the past four weeks. 

Speaking outside the court, protester Nick Onley, 59, from London, said that the burning of the injunction papers was “a sign of our determination to carry on protesting, to carry on raising this issue until we see some action that we can believe in.”

Fellow group member Liam Norton said: “If the British legal system continues to criminalise ordinary citizens for demanding that future generations are not condemned to an unimaginably horrific existence … then we are left with no alternative but to show contempt for this immoral travesty.”

Insulate Britain has vowed to continue blocking major roads until the government makes a “meaningful statement indicating that it will insulate all of Britain’s 29 million homes by 2030, which are among the oldest and leakiest in Europe.”

The group also said that it was the government, not campaigners,  that should be in court for failing in its legal duty to cut carbon emissions as laid down in the Paris Agreement of 2015.

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