The sister of a blatant Insulate Britain eco-zealist imprisoned for helping to bring chaos to Britain’s roads has set up a crowdfunder to pay his £700 a month’s rent while he spends Christmas in prison.
Rebel carpenter Oliver Rock has been sentenced to four months in prison for being one of nine activists from the Extinction Rebellion offshoot group that took part in a protest on the M25 on 8 October.
But 41-year-old Isabel Rock’s sister claims he has no savings and has set up a crowdfunder to pay his rent while behind bars.
Miss Rock also said the money will bring him some money when he gets out of jail – which could be as early as two months.
Outraged motorists slammed Rock’s call for financial aid on social media, with a furious: “Should have thought about consequences.” Another said: “No matter how he handles the hope of feeling miserable, he deserves it.”
A third added, “Hopefully he’ll stick to the cell floor.”
Oliver Rock has been sentenced to four months in prison for being one of nine activists from the Extinction Rebellion offshoot group that took part in a protest on the M25 on 8 October
Rock, pictured on the right, was jailed last Wednesday at the High Court in central London
But Isabel Rock, the 41-year-old carpenter’s sister, insisted the climate fanatic has no savings, so he’s set up a crowdfunder payment to cover his rent while behind bars.
Nine eco-fanatics from Insulate Britain were jailed in the High Court after admitting to violating a ban on protesting
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Oliver Rock at the Supreme Court last week
The 41-year-old carpenter from south London admitted to “fooling himself” about going to jail and enjoyed lengthy cinches with his partner before the final hearing began.
He said that after feeling “depressed” that the 2003 Iraq War march had failed, he was inspired to use more extreme tactics, partnering with Extinction Rebellion, which he joined in 2019.
He told the court that he only made about £10,000 a year, often making “little stage sets.”
And another angry driver thundered, “He’s probably on the floor, blocking people into the cafeteria.”
Miss Rock said the Insulate Britain protester has no savings and thus needs it to keep track of his payments to his landlord.
She wants to raise £7,800 but has so far only received just over £3,000 in donations for her brother, from Twyford, Berkshire.
Miss Rock moaned that her brother was trying to “protect the most vulnerable in society” while helping to bring the country’s roads to a halt.
She said, ‘We urgently need to pay Olly’s rent while he’s in jail, including a few months later, so he’s back on his feet.
My good-hearted, generous, morally upright brother Oliver has been sentenced to four months in prison, at least two of them for his part in the Insulate Britain campaign.
Olly has acted to protect the most vulnerable in society, to create a safer world for future generations and for that he is being punished.
“The government would rather send peaceful protesters to prison than take measures to insulate homes and mitigate the effects of the climate crisis we find ourselves in. Olly is a self-employed carpenter.
At the beginning of this year he lost sight in his right eye in a bicycle accident.
His earnings have also been greatly affected by the pandemic which took away all of his business for months as he mainly made theater sets.
“He has no savings and we urgently need to pay Olly’s rent while he’s in jail and a few months after, because it’ll be a while before he’s back on his feet with his work.”
She added: ‘I’ve calculated 700 p/m rent for six months, plus some workshop and expenses when he comes out. Anything extra raised will go towards helping one of the others who are also incarcerated if they need it.
Britain is one of the richest countries in the world, but this winter 8,500 people will die in their homes from the cold. An estimated three million people live in fuel poverty that affects approximately 5 million children.
‘Many of these people face the choice between heating and eating on a daily basis.
“I am so proud of my brave brother who stands up for the most vulnerable in society and tries to bring about some kind of change. If you can help with any kind of donation, we would be very grateful.
Rock (bottom right) poses with eight other eco-fanatics from Insulate Britain outside the High Court
Furious motorists have rejected Rock’s call for financial aid on social media
“Thank you, peace and love.”
Rock was jailed last Wednesday at the High Court in central London.
He had invited the court to observe a minute of silence “to imagine what the climate crisis means for the future”, adding: “I am proud of our actions and I stand for what we have done , we did not do this for personal gain .
“I take responsibility for my actions and I did so in an effort to alleviate the suffering of people in this country who cannot afford to adequately heat their homes.”
Prior to his sentencing, Rock told LBC: “I feel terrified – I’m cheating myself this morning, and I feel like crying. I have all these emotions coming out of me. It seems ridiculous that we are in this situation.
“What we’re asking the government to do is just an extremely practical no-brainer thing they should do, and instead they choose to potentially lock us up, fine us, confiscate our assets.
“I expect we may be sentenced today, probably tomorrow. We’ve been told we’ll most likely face custodial sentences, so there’s a good chance I’ll be in a jail cell somewhere tonight.”