Sister of jailed Insulate Britain eco-zealot who is on hunger strike in prison says she is ‘sounding sad’ and ‘tearful’ on phone and has still not had any of her belongings delivered to her cell 

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  • Emma Smart, 44, sentenced to four months at HMP Bronzefield for M25 protest
  • The prison in Ashford, Surrey, is Europe’s largest women’s prison and houses murderers
  • Emma was arrested in October along with eight other Insulate Britain activists

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Her sister has claimed that an Insulate Britain eco-warrior sitting on a hunger strike in prison looks ‘sad’ and ‘tearful’ on the phone and that her belongings have yet to reach her cell.

Emma Smart, 44, is entering the tenth day of her hunger strike at HMP Bronzefield in Ashford, Surrey, where she was sentenced to four months for protesting on the M25 in defiance of a High Court order.

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But it looks like the biologists at Weymouth, Europe’s biggest women’s prison, may be struggling to cope with the rapists and murderers behind bars.

His sister Claire wrote on Twitter on Friday, ‘9th day of the hunger strike’, ‘Emma is always so strong yet she cried when she called today. It’s really hard to hear his sad voice.

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‘Disappointing delay of not getting any of his belongings; His books, clothes, even his glasses so that he can easily read the printed emails.

‘Every day he is told that it will happen and every day passes without it.’

The picture looks strange with the defiant statement made this morning via Insulate Britain asking the government to ‘bring down the combined strength of your best lawyers’, saying: ‘We will not be afraid’.

Weymouth’s Emma Smart (pictured) announces she will go on hunger strike via Insulet Britain spokeswoman

Emma Smart (left) waves to supporters as she arrives for sentencing at the High Court in London last week

Emma Smart (left) waves to supporters as she arrives for sentencing at the High Court in London last week

Emma Smart was arrested for blocking the M25 despite a High Court injunction banning such demonstrations (Picture: Insulate Britain protesters block an intersection at a junction of the M25)

Emma Smart was arrested for blocking the M25 despite a High Court injunction banning such demonstrations (Picture: Insulate Britain protesters block an intersection at a junction of the M25)

Claire said her sister wants her voice to be heard and the reasons for her hunger strike to be ‘shouted out loud.’

She said: ‘To those who are able to act in solidarity to do so. should not be forgotten about.

‘To feel that she is continuing to act and doing everything she can even from inside a prison cell.’

Emma is going on a hunger strike to try and persuade Boris Johnson to save more council homes in the UK.

Claire continued: ‘Emma is not eating in solidarity with the people who will have to choose between eating and heating their homes this winter.’

Mail Online has contacted Insulet UK for comment.

Emma was arrested on October 8, along with eight other Insulate Britain activists, after the High Court granted four injunctions on national highways in September.

These are banned protests on the M25, around the Port of Dover and on major streets around London.

A fifth injunction was granted to Transport for London on 8 October.

Speaking from prison today, Emma said in a statement via Insulate Britain: ‘Imprisoning everyone who disagrees with you is a sign of bullying and we all know that at heart, bullies are cowards.

‘So we ask the government to keep going, bring down the combined power of your best lawyers and all the huge machinery of the state. We will not be mad.

‘Our numbers are increasing because the general public knows that we are on the right side of history.’

In a video shared online this week by Insulet Britain, a short recording of Emma, ​​believed to have been taken before she was sent to prison, can be seen, in which she defends her actions and more calls for civil disobedience.

Emma Smart told the court that the proceedings were 'obscene' and that barristers representing the National Highways were under surveillance.  However, the biologist has faced accusations of hypocrisy after driving 81,000 miles around the world with her husband, Andy Smith.  Above: The couple is pictured with their diesel-fueled Toyota before the Tour in 2012

Emma Smart told the court that the proceedings were ‘obscene’ and that barristers representing the National Highways were under surveillance. However, the biologist has faced accusations of hypocrisy after driving 81,000 miles around the world with her husband, Andy Smith. Above: The couple is pictured with their diesel-fueled Toyota before the Tour in 2012

Insulate Britain's Echo Mob's Emma Smart, 44 first urges more eco-enthusiasts to step up and continue the group's extreme campaign this week

Insulate Britain’s Echo Mob’s Emma Smart, 44 first urges more eco-enthusiasts to step up and continue the group’s extreme campaign this week

Smart, an ecologist by trade, said: ‘It was quite an extreme expedition, you know, going on the motorway but we are in an extreme situation and I thought I had to do what was necessary.

‘I stepped up, we all need to step up. Nonviolent civil disobedience is the only way we are going to bring about change.

‘We don’t need the nine of us, or the 20 of us in prison, we all need to put our liberties at stake because we are faced with losing everything.’

In the clip shared on Twitter, Smart explained his actions for participating in a crowded motorway protest earlier this year.

Speaking with a row of fence panels behind her, she said: ‘I don’t know what else I can do and then IB [Insulate Britain] Came along and yes, it was a way I could step up.

‘It was quite an extreme campaign, you know, going on the motorway but we are in an extreme situation and I felt I had to do what was necessary.

‘So I guess this is the moment. Our government could accede to our demands and act or do something worthwhile.

‘But they chose to imprison us and it really sent a strong message to everyone. now is the time. We need to come together, whatever we are doing is not enough.

‘I stepped up, we all need to step up. Nonviolent civil disobedience is the only way we are going to bring about change.

‘We don’t need the nine of us, or the 20 of us in prison, we all need to put our freedoms at stake because we are faced with losing everything.

‘Our life support system is crumbling, society is about to collapse. Be a part of that change when you get a chance.

During her sentencing, Emma told the court that the proceedings were ‘obscene’ and that barristers representing the National Highways were under surveillance.

However, the biologist has faced accusations of hypocrisy after driving 81,000 miles around the world with her husband, Andy Smith.

Insulate Britain said today that nine more of its members have been called to appear before the High Court on December 14.

The group said they face a charge of contempt of court and face up to two years in prison.

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