Six environmental activists are on trial in the UK after the Silverstone Grand Prix was disrupted.
The trial of six environmental activists who disrupted last year’s Formula 1 Grand Prix at Silverstone in England began on Wednesday, with the public prosecutor believing the activists had put forward “Immediate risk of serious harm“.
On July 3, 2022, when the British Grand Prix was sidelined after a serious crash, many people were “tent“, according to the FIA, to enter the circuit.
The process was espoused by activist group Just Stop Oil, which for months has been doubling down on punch-hole actions in the UK to demand a halt to fossil fuel drilling in the country.
“Obviously, there is an immediate danger of causing serious harm. Obviously, they could have been hit by speeding vehicles“, Prosecutor Simon Jones estimated before the jury of Northampton Court (central England). Their actions also endangered pilots and marshals. “
The six defendants have pleaded not guilty to the public nuisance charges against them. The trial is expected to last two to three weeks.
Immediately after the break-in, the group confirmed that “JFive activists disrupted the Grand Prixwhile a sixth is stuck in a nearby parking lot.
And in a video released before any action was taken, the activists said they were acting because the world “It is destroyed for the benefit of a few people“.
Invading football fields, roadblocks, dumping soup on works of art… The Just Stop Oil group made a name for itself last year by doubling down on its business, a strategy adopted Tuesday during a “press conference”.
“We crash, otherwise the media wouldn’t even be talking about the climate crisissaid Phoebe Plummer, a 21-year-old activist who rose to prominence by dumping soup on a Van Gogh painting at a London museum in August. it’s a “A response commensurate with the future that lies ahead“.
In a statement last week, Just Stop Oil said more than 2,000 arrests had occurred since mobilization began in April 2022, with 150 arrested. “There are currently 10 Just Stop Oil supporters in jailwas added.
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