Marshal injured due to climate protest at race

Activists have been disrupting sporting events throughout the summer in a bid to bring attention to the climate crisis, urging governments to take swift action.

While the threat of protests had loomed over the British Grand Prix, the event went ahead without disruption from Just Stop Oil or another activist group.

The 2022 race had been impacted by track invaders who would’ve caused chaos had it not been for a red flag moments earlier slowing down the grid.

After the disruption at Silverstone last year, other sporting events have been hit by protests, including the Ashes, Wimbledon and Snooker, putting officials on high alert at major competitions around the globe.

With the use of facial recognition technology and over 100 extra security guards deployed around the track, local police were able to ensure last weekend’s race went ahead without incident.

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Despite the threat to his sport, Lewis Hamilton backed the protestors, claiming their actions are justified when not harming others.

“Yes. I support peaceful protests,” Hamilton said.

At the DTM race at the Norisring, however, the situation was different, as climate protestors sought to cause disruption at the event, injuring a member of staff in the process. 

“A marshal was injured,” Kleine Zeitung newspaper reported.

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Speaking to DPA news agency, a police spokesperson confirmed that a marshal who tried to prevent protestors from getting on the track was assaulted.

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“The investigations so far have shown that three of the people involved had a physical altercation with a marshal shortly before the start of the action,” the police stated.

According to the news agency, the marshal is still in hospital and his attackers are facing charges of grievous bodily harm.

13 protesters were involved in the disruption at the Norisring, including one who tried to fasten themselves to a fence and another who poured oil over the circuit.