Keith Taylor, Green MEP for the South East, has issued a statement backing the defendants heading to the High Court on Tuesday [2 October] to fight oil and gas firm Angus Energy's bid for a 'draconian' injunction against its sites in Balcombe, West Sussex, and Brockham, Surrey.
The senior Green politician, a long-time supporter of peaceful protesters fighting against fracking and oil and gas drilling across the South East, said:
"Yet again we see an application for a draconian injunction aimed at curbing the fundamental rights of residents and campaigners to oppose the destruction of our environment. That the bid comes after the first ever jail sentences handed down to peaceful fracking protesters in Britain only proves the chilling precedent set by that decision."
"The civil space in our country for peaceful protest is being choked by dirty fossil fuel interests. But as the anti-democratic moves against protesters become more extreme, the unavoidable truth becomes clearer: the government and industry know the public doesn't support their efforts and are terrified the protesters will win."
"I will continue standing by the protesters fighting to defend our environment and civil liberties in Surrey and Sussex and beyond. Dissent is not a crime in any country with a political system fit to be called a democracy."