Trial begins for environmental activists who disrupted British Grand Prix

On July 3, 2022, during the Silverstone Grand Prix in Britain, environmental activists “attempted” to enter the track, according to the International Automobile Federation, when the race was interrupted due to the accident of Alfa Romeo driver Guanyu Zhou. . F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali had judged this action “ irresponsible and dangerous. The trial of the activists began this Wednesday in England.

“There was clearly an immediate risk of causing serious harm. Obviously they could have been hit by high-speed vehicles.” said prosecutor Simon Jones before the jury at the Northampton court (central England). His actions also endangered pilots and marshals. »

An action of the group “Just Stop Oil”

The operation had been claimed by the activist group “Just Stop Oil”. Between the invasions of football fields, the blockade of roads, the throwing of soup on works of art, the group has multiplied the fisticuffs in the United Kingdom in recent months to demand an end to the exploration of fossil fuels in the country. .

In a video filmed before taking action last July, the activists said they were acting because the world “It is being destroyed for the benefit of a few.” The six accused activists have pleaded not guilty to the disorderly conduct charges against them. The trial is expected to last two to three weeks.

In a press release published last week, “Just Stop Oil” states that there have been more than 2,000 arrests since the start of its mobilization in April 2022, including 150 people who have been detained.

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