Insulate Britain protester: We will get imprisoned eventually
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An Insulate Britain caller has said that she believes going to prison is the only place for a “just man in an unjust world”, quoting the American naturalist Henry Thoreau. It came as the offshoot of Extinction Rebellion group renewed its roadblock campaign across the financial district in London today.
Speaking on LBC news, James O’Brien asked the Insulate Britain protestor: “Forgive me, but if someone smashes you over the head with a tire iron or a baseball?”
“Well, I think at a certain point it’s kind of out of our hands and they might get prosecuted anyway.
“But yeah, as far as us putting charges on other people, we wouldn’t do that.”
The host said: “I didn’t know that-Remind me because I haven’t been paying much attention.
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“I think it’s more a reflection of the fact that, although you’re getting media coverage, you don’t get to control the media coverage.”
He added: “So if I was the view that-if I was sort of pretending not to be supportive of the people who are likely to hurt you while actually making it pretty clear without saying so out loud that I do support the people who might hurt you, I probably wouldn’t want to add.
“I haven’t done much on Insulate Britain since its day one or two but I probably wouldn’t want to add that you, well, wouldn’t be pressing charges.
“You would carry on doing it even though there were no cameras there? But why?”
The caller said: “Yeah, I mean, we will get imprisoned eventually
“We’ve been promised six months by Boris, the injunction.”
The host interjected: “That’s what you want? You want to get sent to jail.”
The caller said: “Oh absolutely.
“I think there’s a quote by Henry Thoreau that says, ‘the only place for just in an unjust world is in prison, and I absolutely believe that’.”
Insulate Britain targeted Canary Wharf in east London today for demonstrations.
About 60 protesters have also targeted nearby Liverpool Street, Bishopsgate and Upper Thames Street.
A taxi driver told LBC news earlier today that the group is “turning people against them” by causing disruption on a Monday mornining.
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