Eight activists were sentenced to three to four months. The ninth activist, Ben Taylor, was sentenced to six months in prison for "incitement" and "calls for violence."
"The defenders, or some of them, seem to want to be martyrs for their cause and the media campaign surrounding this hearing appears designed to suggest this," the judge said.
According to the judge, the actions of the activists have nothing to do with freedom of assembly. She noted that activists had broken the law and endangered other people. In turn, the speaker of the Insulate Britain movement Tracy Malagan said that the convicted activists will immediately go on a hunger strike to protest against the court's decision.
Insulate Britain activists are demanding that the British government carry out thermal modernization of the entire housing stock by 2030, which should reduce energy consumption and then greenhouse gas emissions.