Members of Isulate Britain disrupt trial by gluing hands to court furniture | Isolate Brittany

Three members of Insulate Britain disrupted a trial in a magistrate’s court, sticking their hands to court furniture and paying tribute to the environmental activist who died after setting himself on fire outside the US Supreme Court.

Dr Diana Warner, a retired GP from Bristol, was due to stand trial at Stratford Magistrates Court for causing a public nuisance by obstructing Junction 14 of the M25 on September 27 last year.

But when she entered the dock, fellow Insulate Britain members Liam Norton and Ana Heyatawin followed her into court, started filming and streaming with their phones and glued themselves to the furniture.

Warner said: “Just a few days ago someone called Wynn Bruce set himself on fire. He set himself on fire because the powers that be don’t care about the climate.

Superimposing his hand on the platform glass and ignoring the judge’s orders to identify himself, Warner continued: ‘I just want to say this first and pay my respects to Wynn Bruce and Angus Rose, who went on a hunger strike for 37 years. days outside our parliament.

“We are in a desperate situation. We are fighting for the lives of our children, for the future of our grandchildren and we should not be here. We need the courts to properly support the law and human rights law, even the human right to life is at risk.

Insulate British members (left to right) Ana Heyatawin, Dr Diana Warner and Liam Norton ahead of Warner’s trial. Photography: Yui Mok/PA

Norton tried to reach the judge’s bench at the front of the court, but was tackled to the ground when he tried to stick his hand there. Heyatawin was able to stick himself to an avocado bench near the dock and held his phone up in the air.

She said: “We are not criminals. We were brought here because we requested insulation for our damp apartments. We are not criminals… We are accused here of having called for the insulation of social housing in Great Britain. I was in jail for three months, I was fined £5,000, now I have to go back to court.

“This is not protest, this is civil resistance.”

Five police officers were brought into court and the room was emptied.

Last autumn Insulate Britain made national headlines for a series of protests against the road blockade on the M25 and other main roads in London and south-east England. They have vowed to continue their protests until the government agrees to a nationwide scheme to insulate all UK homes by 2030, starting with social housing.

Heyatawin and Norton were to appear in the same court later on the same charges. A number of other cases of members of Insulate Britain had been heard earlier. They had elected to have their cases heard in crown court, where a verdict would be given by a jury, but the potential penalties if convicted can be much higher.

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Before entering court on Tuesday, Warner, who has been jailed four times since 2020, told the Guardian: “It’s just like a yo-yo, being in and out of jail. J I’ve been home a lot less than I’ve been in court or on the road, so I feel like a guest in my own home.

It comes as hundreds of charges linked to the Insulate Britain protests are to be heard in courts in Kent, Essex and London. Twenty-five cases of accused were listed for Stratford on Tuesday, but 13 did not show up. Four were said to have taken part in protest actions and another was already in prison.

On Friday, Insulate Britain’s cases will be heard in three magistrates’ courts on the same day.

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