A group of 8 ordinary people standing peacefully outside the Kingsbury Oil Terminal holding placards are risking arrest today for breaking the Warwickshire injunction. This is the third day in a row that Just Stop Oil supporters have been arrested for nonviolent and non-disruptive protest.
The Just Stop Oil supporters are potentially in breach of an injunction granted to North Warwickshire Borough Council on 14th April. The private injunction gives sweeping powers of arrest to the authorities and appears designed to help the state protect the profits of the oil industry by effectively outlawing any protest activity near the Kingsbury Terminal, the largest inland oil storage depot in the country.
The Just Stop Oil supporters arrested today are likely to face a further charge of contempt of court. If found guilty they face the prospect of unlimited fines and a prison sentence of up to two years.
Emily Brockleback, 23, a student from Leeds, who is taking action for the second time this week at Kingsbury said:
“I have a moral obligation to stand in solidarity with the global south. As a white, middle class woman in the UK, I was born into privilege and thanks to the suffragettes I have both rights and responsibilities. I question, how can I be so passionate about humanity and the lessening of suffering from the climate crisis yet let one more chance of arrest or harsher punishment truly stop me?
“I will break the injunction again. I will continue. You released me. I continued to protest on a damn grass verge. It’s your move. Nothing that you threaten to do will scare me into compliance, as I will not comply with a government that values profit over people.”
Hannah Torrance Bright, 20, a student from Glasgow, who is taking action for the second time this week at Kingsbury said:
“The government continues to side with the fossil fuel companies, signing our death warrants in the name of profit. I am desperate now and demanding they give young people a chance of a future.”
David Nixon, 35 from Barnsley, who is taking action for the second time this week at Kingsbury said:
“I am back here today, continuing to protest against government inaction at the gates of the fossil fuel industry which under a council injunction is illegal. I am risking my liberty because we have a major problem that we are not addressing with the climate crisis and I see no alternative but to act. This is an appropriate response to the emergency.”
This is the third day in a row that Just Stop Oil supporters have breached the Warwickshire injunction merely by standing outside the Kingsbury terminal holding placards. 16 Just Stop Oil supporters were arrested outside Kingsbury on Tuesday and released from Birmingham Magistrates court yesterday. Some of that group are taking action again today.
The group of 10 who were arrested at Kingsbury yesterday while standing on the grass verge are facing the courts via video link in Manchester today.
Also in court at Manchester today, two just Stop oil supporters who were arrested on Friday for trespassing in the Kingsbury Oil Terminal.
Since April 1st when supporters of Just Stop Oil first began blocking oil terminals there have been over 1050 arrests. The supporters of Just Stop Oil will continue the disruption until the government makes a statement that it will end new oil and gas projects in the UK.
The Just Stop Oil Coalition is calling on all of those whose futures are being destroyed, who are facing poverty now, and who are outraged at yet another betrayal by this continuing dependence on oil and gas, to step up and take action. Join our zoom calls at 7pm. It’s 2022 and the time to stand by has passed.
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