Insulate Britain faces calls to stand for election to gauge public support
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The environmental group – which is campaigning to fix Britain’s “leaky” houses – has sparked outrage after blocking motorways to raise awareness about its cause. Earlier this month, the group announced it was pausing action as it waited for Boris Johnson’s latest announcement about making the UK carbon neutral.
But unsatisfied with the Prime Minister’s promises to create a Green Revolution in Brexit Britain – the controversial campaign group resumed roadblocks on Monday.
By their standards, their efforts were relatively tame, with only smaller roads blocked which caused minimum disruption to traffic.
Key commuter routes, like the M25 or the Port of Dover, remained untouched after a High Court injunction threatened protestors with jail and/or an unlimited fine, as well as the prospect of having to pay court costs.
But one Insulate Britain protestor told Express.co.uk that rather than seeking reassurance from Monday’s “tame” actions, the group will “ramp up” its protests this week.
Speaking from Westferry, where 10 Insulate Britain protestors were arrested for blocking a road, the man – named only as Anthony – said: “It’s been very quiet today.
“A few people were upset but it was pretty quiet.
“But there is lots of stuff happening.
“It’s high risk as well and we’re having a quiet day (on Monday).
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“There are other things planned for Wednesday and Friday.
“We have to do it. It’s this idea that we have to do whatever it takes.
“There is a threshold and if we don’t make it it’s basically a waste of time.
“Today no activity came close to breaking that injunction.
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“But I’m certain that levels of activity (will take place later this week) that are likely to be breaking that injunction.
“There are unknowns. The folk who are doing that are taking a big risk with their lives.
“It depends on if they have or haven’t got the financial resources and the time on their hands.
“Maybe they are young and have a lot to lose.
“They will be testing the whole nature of this injunction with the legal backup that is necessary.”
He said that the future protests would involve a “mixture” of civil disobedience which will “ramp up a bit towards the end of the week”.
The activist spoke shortly before Transport Secretary Grant Shapps warned the group about breaking the injunction.
He tweeted: “We are making use of every avenue of existing law to try to prevent the continued life-endangering action being carried out by Insulate Britain, which is causing intolerable disruption to motorists’ lives and livelihoods.”
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