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The unidentified activist, who is the partner of one of the nine Insulate Britain demonstrators caged this week, known as the ‘Highway 9’, cried as she told demonstrators in central London on Saturday that she is “scared” her relationship will not last long if whacked with jail time herself.

Speaking to thousands of the insulation activists who have brought central London to a stand still in protest at the arrests, the activist pleaded for the authorities to spare her from any harsh treatment in the justice system.

She said: “Some of those who have spoken today have said they are not afraid, and I admire that.”

But unlike those activists, the protester said she was afraid that law enforcement will “take my home”.

She added: “I am afraid that you will take me away from my friends, my family and my partner.

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Bursting into tears the activist weeped how “most of all I am afraid my relationship with her will not survive a long prison sentence”.

She pleaded: “So if you sentence me to prison, I hope you don’t send me away for long.”

Despite the desperate pleads to spare her of prison, the activist stressed she is in fact more afraid of inaction on the climate.

She said: “I am more afraid of inaction on the weight of ecological and climate catastrophe that is bearing down on all of us very fast now.”

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The nine members from the group were jailed at the High Court in London on Tuesday after they admitted breaching an injunction by taking part in a blockade at junction 25 of the M25 on 8 October.

Ben Buse, 36, Roman Paluch-Machnik, 28, Oliver Rock, 41, Emma Smart, 44, Tim Speers, 36, and James Thomas, 47, all received four-month sentences.

While Ana Heyatawin, 58, and Louis McKechnie, 20, were jailed for three months. It is unclear which of the nine caged this week is the partner of the tearful protester.

Following the sentencing, the judge slammed: “The defendants, or some of them, seem to want to be martyrs for their cause, and the media campaign surrounding this hearing appears designed to suggest this. We, however, have to act dispassionately and proportionately.”


Insulate Britain is an offshoot of Extinction Rebellion, they are calling for better insulation for UK homes.

They say Britain’s leaky housing stock is contributing disproportionately to greenhouse gas emissions in this country.

The activists have blocked motorways, the Port of Dover, and roads outside Parliament as part of their campaign with many demonstrators gluing themselves to tarmac and sometimes each other.

Despite opposition from the British public who have resorted to dragging them off the road, the group vow to continue taking action until their demands are met by the government.

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