The demonstrators of 'Isulate Britain accused the government of delaying action against them to avoid embarrassment of having protestsants in jail while Glasgow hosts a crucial climate summit.
Members of the climate activist group, who have blocked freeways and busy roads in London and the surrounding area were before the High Court on Tuesday morning. They were responding to three injunctions granted to National Highways which prohibit the group from demonstrating on the M25, on the M4 and around the port of Dover.
At the request of the plaintiff, Judge Lavender agreed to adjourn for a week so that the three injunctions could be heard alongside a fourth, prohibiting the group from demonstrating in the 14 London locations . Any trial of those accused of violating the injunctions could then be held, Lavender said. A previous hearing last week was also adjourned.
Responding to the delay, LiamNorton, a member of Insulate Britain, who was in court, told the judge: "We think they are potentially trying to delay this injunction until after the Cop climate negotiations [26, from October 31]. We wondered why it took so long to issue this injunction.
Lavender assured him that the injunction had indeed been issued. David Elvin QC, acting for National Highways, added: “I want to make it clear in public that there is no intention of having this as a lengthy procedure or delaying things.
Insulate Britain members previously said they expected the activists to be remanded in custody within a week of the start of their campaign. Some members have been arrested seven or eight times in the past five weeks, and they say when they are released they are clear.rs with the police that they will come back to block the roads.
A spokesman for the group said it seemed the government was trying to 'avoid prosecution until after Cop26 climate talks in Glasgow. When asked why, she replied: "We know that our government and our institutions claim that we live in a democracy, so they don't want 50 to 100 climate protesters in pretrial detention when the police. begin.
In court, Norton said it was actually Insulate Britain trying to enforce laws that the government had broken, by in particular the obligations to keep climate change within 2Cs and to protect the British population. "We believe thathe people who should appear in court today are the UK government and in particular Boris Johnson, who is expected to stand trial for treason against the UK state "he said.