Supreme Court Justices give green light to protesters: Just Stop Oil eco-zealots are understood to be exploiting a legal loophole to block roads and cause travel chaos across the UK
- Just Stop oil campaigners are reportedly using an illegal route to block roads
- A group of eco-champions has disrupted travel across the UK in recent weeks
- Supreme Court rules protesters have legitimate reason to block roads in 2021
Supreme Court judges were criticized last night for giving environmentalists the green light to disrupt Britain’s roads.
The Mail on Sunday understands that campaigners from Just Stop Oil are using an extraordinary legal ruling made by the country’s top judges more than a year ago, that the protests are a ‘justice threat’ to block the roads.
The ruling followed the trial of four gun-selling protesters who blocked a road leading to the ExCel Center while holding a gun auction in September 2017.
In June 2021 the Supreme Court, set up by Tony Blair’s Labor government, overturned the High Court’s decision and dismissed the protestors’ claims.
It ruled that protesters could have a ‘reasonable plea’ under the European Convention on Human Rights to the crime of obstructing a highway, regardless of where they used ‘physical violence’ .’
Just Stop Oil campaigners are reportedly using a legal loophole that will allow them to block roads (Image: The group’s supporters at the ‘Britain is broken’ demonstration last week )
Activists know nothing about interference before their disturbing demonstrations (Image: Protesters block roads around Trafalgar Square)
The so-called ‘Ziegler’ decision, named after Nora Ziegler, one of the protesters, was celebrated by the campaign group Extinction Rebellion.
Protesters have reportedly been briefed on the decision before blocking roads and toll roads to cause traffic jams.
But speaking to The Mail on Sunday, Iain Duncan Smith, the former Tory leader, said: ‘This is clearly a stupid judgement.
‘They have the right to protest but they have no right to harass people who are injured and cannot go to hospitals. Who has more power? A protester’s right or someone’s right to run their business?
‘It’s about time the courts decided this. The Supreme Court must now begin to act in a manner of equal rights.’
Home Secretary Suella Braverman last week accused the police of letting protests get out of control because of their lack of interest in tackling crime.
His request comes after several protests by Just Stop Oil activists caused chaos on the M25, where a crash left a painter injured.