Xstrata16 & ClimateSiren4 Trial
Date(s) - 07/08/2012
9:30 am - 2:00 pm
Westminster Magistrates Court
It was great to see the group of supporters for the #Occupy11 increase as the days went on and to have someone reporting back or tweeting each day. Naturally, it was also encouraging to get such a good result. Conditional release and no fines!
The next case, at the same Westminster Magistrates Court on Marylebone Road, is part two of the #Xstrata16
, Mon 6 – Tue 7 August
. That’s the people who did a banner drop from Panton House on November 30th to point out the highest (obscenely) paid CEO of 2011 (Mick Davis of Xstrata http://www.carnivalofdirt.org/research-spiders/xstrata-dirt/
). It’d be great to have people down there letting those in the dock know that they are supported. Planning to have the All Power To The 99% banner there. That takes at least eight people to hold it, so, hoping we get at least that.
The #ClimateSiren4, Tue 7 August will also be at Westminster Magistrates Court. The Climate Siren action was a banner drop and lock-on at Buckingham Palace gates, to highlight the urgency with which the world needs to act to prevent catastrophic climate change. Four activists were charged under the Royal Parks Regulations, but have now been informed that the Crown Prosecutor wishes to proceed with the more serious charge of breech of Section 128 of SOCPA (The Serious and Organised Crime and Policing Act 2005). This carries a maximum penalty of 6 months imprisonment, although the four have been told they would be looking at a fine in the worst case scenario.
One climate siren says : “We are considering some benefit events to help us with fines, travel and other costs and will provide details later.”
By chance, the footballer John Terry’s case was being heard at the same time as the first hearing of the #Climate Siren4. And…
“We managed to display a large banner with “Climate Emergency” outside the courtroom, where the press photographers were assembled, and it was clearly visible when Terry arrived and they were snapping away, so we are hoping for a little extra publicity!”
Any support in court will be warmly welcomed.
Westminster Magistrates Court: Nearest station is Marylebone.