Three activists were first people to receive jail terms for anti-fracking protests in Watch
Last week, Simon Roscoe Blevins, 26, and Richard Roberts, 36, were sentenced to 16 months in prison, and Richard Loizou, 31, was given 15 months after a jury at Preston crown court convicted them of causing a public nuisance.
The men were charged after taking part in a four-day protest that blocked a convoy of trucks carrying drilling equipment from entering the Preston New Road fracking site near Blackpool in July last year.
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What do you think? Fair or unfair?
Protestors need to be aware that any direct action that annoys the locals only hurts their cause.
Throwing peaceful protestors in jail will likely encourage non-peaceful protest if the punishment is perceived as similar.
Protest is all well and good, but when it disrupts the day-to-day running of the economy, that's when the police need to intervene.
I assume the courts are trying to create a deterrent.
It will be interesting to see if it works.