Nine supporters of Insulate Britain have been summoned to appear at the High Court in London on 16 November for breaching the National Highways injunction.
Following a series of demonstrations across the M25, Insulate Britain said the protesters now face a charge of contempt of court where they could face a maximum of two years in prison or even an unlimited fine, which would most likely be paid by the group.
In the coming days it is expected that a further 23 protesters who have “openly defied one or more of the four recent injunctions” will also be summoned to the High Court.
Theresa Norton, 62, a councillor from Scarborough said, “I don’t do this lightly. But, like the nine who face court and a potential prison sentence, I have to stand up to government bullying to overcome the fear they instill through threats and intimidating legal bureaucracy.
“They would rather silence us, than protect the public from climate collapse.”
Last month the Prime Minister Boris Johnson slammed Insulate Britain activists and said they are “irresponsible crusties” and are “not” legitimate protestors who are causing “considerable damage to the economy.”
Previously 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.”