Insulate Britain predicts the prison sentences will be the first of many, and says another 23 of its activists are expecting court summons.
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Activist Gully Bujack, who took part in Saturday’s protest, said: “The full force of the state and the judiciary is being wielded against us, to outlaw peaceful protest.
“We are now banned from protesting in the streets. But these streets are ours, and we must not allow ourselves to be driven from them – not now, when we have everything to lose. All roads are now historic sites of civil resistance. We are in resistance. And we call on everyone to join us.”
Ahead of last week’s hearing, Insulate Britain activists told The Big Issue they were fearing jail, but welcomed the higher profile granted by the process.
“It’s not something I want to do, but these issues are so important,” Dr Ben Buse, who has been jailed for four months, said. “If that’s the only way to keep the issue live and keep the pressure on government. We will see what the courts decide.”
James Taylor, who was also jailed for four months, said the group’s demands are simple.
“If the government is serious about taking real action, the very first thing they’d do is set up a national programme of home retrofits, and that’s what we’re demanding,” he said. “Like the NHS but for home retrofits.”
Update: The Metropolitan Police this morning said it had arrested 124 people at the protests, but this afternoon revised the figure down to 119 people.