British Grand Prix: four Extinction Rebellion protesters arrested


Last updated: 02/08/20 21:10 pm

Four Extinction Rebellion protesters have been arrested after gaining access to Silverstone for Sunday’s closed-door British Grand Prix.

The four climate change protesters are believed to have escaped safety by wearing orange marshals uniforms.

They displayed an “Act Now” banner as the cars set off for the formation lap before being stopped by track security.

A joint statement released by Silverstone and Northamptonshire Police said: ‘During the run Northamptonshire Police were made aware of four people who had been detained by Silverstone Security within the perimeter of the site.

“The agents are working closely with Silverstone Circuit and are conducting a thorough investigation. Four people were arrested and are in police custody. ”

The incident will be a concern for Formula 1 bosses after Sunday’s race, which Lewis Hamilton claimed for his seventh career British Grand Prix victory despite a puncture on the last lap, took place without spectators due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The 70th Anniversary Grand Prix – the fifth race held since the 2020 season started last month – will also take place at Silverstone next weekend.

A statement on the Extinction Rebellion website said the purpose of the protest was not to disrupt the race but to send a message that “the world is far away to stop the climate and ecological emergency.”

“Today was an opportunity to remind the world that the climate and ecological crisis has not disappeared and is intensifying every day,” said Donald Bell of Extinction Rebellion Cambridge.

“While we applaud Formula 1 for taking bold action and committing to net zero by 2030, this strong leadership mocks the 2050 target of EU and Kingdom governments -United.

“It is time for the world’s governments to show their own leadership. “


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