The trial of environmental activists who disrupted the British Grand Prix begins

The trial of environmental activists who disrupted the British Grand Prix begins


On July 3, 2022, during the Silverstone Grand Prix in England, environmental activists “tried” 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. The CEO of F1, Stefano Domenicali had decided this step ” irresponsible and dangerous. The trial of the activists began this Wednesday in England.

“There was an immediate risk of serious harm. Obviously they could have been hit by speeding vehicles,” said prosecutor Simon Jones before a jury in Northampton (central England). Their actions also endangered pilots and marshals. »

“Just Leave the Fat” group action.

The operation was claimed by the “Just Stop Oil” activist group. Between invading football stadiums, blocking roads, throwing soup at works of art, the group has escalated events in the UK in recent months to demand a halt to oil exploration in the country.

In a video taken before taking action last July, the activists said they were acting because the world “it is being destroyed for the benefit of a few people”. The six accused activists have denied the public nuisance charges against them. The case is expected to last between two to three weeks.

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