Anti-5G group crowdfunds £100,000 to hire superstar lawyer to fight roll-out

Anti-5G group crowdfunds £100,000 to hire superstar lawyer to fight roll-out

Comment Metro Tech ReporterFriday 14 Aug 2020 12:48 pm

Renowned barrister Michael Mansfield QC is to take on the British government over its roll-out of 5G technology. Action group Action Against 5G has so far crowdfunded an astonishing £105,000 to pay the legal brain to represent them. They say UK scientists have failed to take enough notice of the potential health risks and public concern related to the fifth generation technology standard for phone networks. Mr Mansfield, head of Nexus Chambers, has now sent a letter before action to the government and the next step is to apply to the High Court to have the case heard in full.

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The group hopes the action will force a judicial review. Having Mr Mansfield take on the case is a coup for the group as he has been involved in a number of high profile cases including the fire at Grenfell Tower, the Hillsborough football disaster, the murder of black teen Stephen Lawrence and the Lockerbie bombing. Action Against 5G says on its Crowd Justice site that the government has failed to take into account evidence that radiofrequency radiation from masts and wireless devices does in fact impact health.

It wants a full and independent examination of the risks and believes the public should have a say in the roll-out. It says that instead, ‘the government continues to adopt guidelines which the independent scientific research shows is unsafe for humans, animals, and the environment.’ And the group believes that ‘the consequence of inaction could be serious and irreversible damage.’ It went on: ‘We are individuals supported by many from all walks of life including doctors, scientists and engineers. ‘We have joined forces with a strong team of lawyers headed by Michael Mansfield QC. ‘Michael Mansfield has represented the families in the Grenfell Tower, Lockerbie, Hillsborough, Ballymurphy Massacre and Stephen Lawrence cases. ‘Before 5G can be imposed on us all with potentially devastating effects on our health and the environment, we need proper independent reviews of all research into the health risks, and reviews of the science concerning the potential environmental impact.’ The group wants environmental risk assessments carried out to prove the technology is safe for humans and wildlife and ‘an informed debate on the consequences of imposing 5G technology on humans and the environment.’ It added: ‘People have a right to be informed about the risks and what they will be exposed to. ‘There should also be a choice to opt out, particularly for children and other vulnerable groups. ‘We are not against the progression of technology but we do not consent to the imposition of technology at the risk of harming our health and potentially all biological life. ‘Nothing other than a legal challenge will force a government to take notice; this is the only way to ensure the government engages with the issue.’

5G delivers faster and better mobile broadband. In 2017, the amount of mobile data used increased by 40%, with the public’s thirst for information on the go showing no sign of abating. Ofcom regulates the use of radio frequencies by mobile networks and tests electro magnetic fields (EMF) levels near to mobile phone base stations. It was recently forced to put out a statement debunking conspiracy theories that 5G was responsible for the Coronavirus pandemic. Guideline levels of exposure are set by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) and underpin health protection levels in the UK and Europe. Public Health England’s website states: ‘It is possible that there may be a small increase in overall exposure to radio waves when 5G is added to an existing network or in a new area.

‘However, the overall exposure is expected to remain low relative to guidelines and, as such, there should be no consequences for public health. ‘PHE is committed to monitoring the evidence applicable to this and other radio technologies, and to revising its advice, should that be necessary.’ EE has said there are no proven health effects of the technology.

 

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