This is an update on the #FrackFreeActivists and their court appeal
Activists, Simon Blevins, 26, Richard Roberts, 36, and Rich Loizou, 31, had been jailed after a four-week trial led to their convictions for causing a public nuisance for a protest at Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road site in Lancashire.
However, the Judge that previously ruled the prison terms imposed last month on the three protestors, was inappropriate since Judge Robert Altham’s father and sister run JC Altham and Sons, were relations tied to the oil and gas industry and their company was heavily invested in Cuadrillo. Therefore, the three men were discharged from Preston prison.
”Responding to the decision, Emma Norton, its head of legal casework, said: “This is a victory for human rights and civil liberties. Civil disobedience plays a vital role in safeguarding our democracy and we are delighted the court of appeal has recognised and protected the rights of these protesters, who should never have been in prison.”
Jeremy Corbyn pledged that a Labour government would ban fracking. “I welcome the decision to quash the unjust sentences of fracking protesters,” he said. “We stand in solidarity with the activists and thank them for standing up to the further destruction of our environment by this Tory government.”
There has been a huge public response to the prison sentences handed out to three anti-fracking protesters Rich Loizou, Roscoe Blevins and Richard Roberts.
Trade unionists, MPs, MEPs, over 1000 university academics, the Shadow Chancellor and thousands more have all called for the sentences to be overturned.
This Wednesday 17th October, the three men appealed their sentences at the Court of Appeal in London.
Rich, Rich and Roscoe have been extremely touched by the level of support for them. Over 25,000 people signed a petition highlighting the threat to civil liberties that these prison sentences represent.
In response to these developments, Frack Free Lancashire and trade unionists from the North West have called an emergency national demonstration at the Preston New Road site to show the groundswell of support to end fracking in Lancashire and beyond.
When: 12 noon, Saturday 20th October
Where: Assemble at Maple Farm Community Hub, Preston New Road, Lancashire, FY4 5RN
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/290251588248035/
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