A High Court judge has extended injunctions until the end of the month in an attempt to prevent Insulate Britain from blocking roads and motorways.
The group burned their court orders banning them from blocking roads in a protest outside the Royal Courts of Justice.
Since 13 September the protesters who are an offshoot of Extinction Rebellion have blocked the M25 and the M4 as well as major roads and in one instance blocked ambulances near a major London hospital.
Three High Court injunctions have been granted to National Highways which in theory should ban the protesters, otherwise they will be in breach of the court order and can face up to 2-years in prison.
‼️“The Government should be in court not Insulate Britain”‼️
— Insulate Britain (@InsulateLove) October 12, 2021
National Highways’ barrister David Elvin QC said Insulate Britain protesters are “dangerous and disruptive” in written arguments.
He added, “They create an immediate threat to life, putting at risk the lives of those protesting and normal motorway users, as well as those reliant on the movement of emergency services vehicles to protect the public and save lives.”
Liam Norton who is a protestor with the group told the court, “I just want to say publicly Insulate Britain are in the process of trying to uphold the law, the UK government has a responsibility to keep temperatures below 2C degrees.
He added, “Boris Johnson should be on trial for treason.”
Nick Onley, 59 who is a food bank worker and community musician from London, told the PA, “The papers that are being burned are the front covers of the injunctions that have been served on us as individuals.
“It’s 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”.
According to court documents, 112 people have been served with court orders related to the protests.