M25 stranded near Heathrow as climate activists isolate Britain during protest | UK News
Climate protesters blocked off a section of the M25 for the sixth time.
Police have arrested Isulate Britain protesters occupying a roundabout leading to London’s Heathrow Airport.
Insulate Britain said in a statement: “This morning, 52 people involved in the two week Insulate Britain highway protests blocked the M25 in violation of the High Court injunction last Tuesday.”
According to the injunction granted to National Highways Ltd, those involved “can be held in contempt of court and can be jailed, fined or have their property seized.”
Activists said last week that they were “more afraid of climate change than we are of breaking an injunction,” adding “there are times when we need to step up and do the right thing.”
Group spokesperson Liam Norton said this morning: “You can throw as many injunctions at us as you want, but we’re not going anywhere. You can plunder our savings and confiscate our property. You can deny us our freedom and put us behind bars. But that only shoots the messenger. The truth is this country will go to hell unless you take emergency action to stop putting carbon in the air. “
Insulate Britain, an offshoot of Extinction Rebellion, wants the government to renovate homes across the UK to reduce climate emissions.
Its members have wreaked havoc on the M25 five times in the past fortnight – and have been threatened with jail if they return to the highway.
Protests were also carried out around the port of Dover, which led to the government granted additional injunction to try to avoid further disturbances.
The High Court ruling in favor of national highways means protesters will be barred from occupying the A20 and strategic roads linked to the port of Dover.