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SchNEWS received the following update from a Defender...
“Following Monday's digger-diving and tree-sitting in the Combe Haven Valley, the subsequent days have been just as action-packed. Again the contractors' focus has been on Upper Wiltington Farm and the ‘Three Oaks’. Early on Tuesday morning, dozing activists were rudely awakened from their tree house beds by climbing bailiffs, who were able to remove the protesters from their homes and hand them over to the police just in time for a morning coffee at the police station ("One sugar, soya please!").
Tree occupations continued throughout the day and one activist scaled a telegraph pole to occupy its summit. Being the highest point meant no bailiffs could rig ropes for an eviction and surrounding trees could not be safely felled. The police this time waited well past dark for the activist to eventually make their descent and, inevitably, get nicked.
On Wednesday activity rumbled on at Upper Wiltington Farm with activists continuing to occupy the ‘Three Oaks’, fortifying their defences and preventing their felling. A quieter day, although an early arrest was made. With this slight lull work on tree houses, fortifications and structures continued throughout Thursday with contractors taking a step back to butcher the trees already felled.
Activists have been building constantly for weeks with tunnels, tree houses, walkways and structures preventing the felling of trees and the roads constriction. Despite this the council persists with its decision, bulldozing through with its plans to construct the road - activists and locals are digging in (one tunnel at a time) for a long struggle. More people are needed everyday for a variety of roles including building, actions and camp help. Get down there and blockade the government's renewed road building programme before it really begins.”
So the landowner came, saw the numbers of protecters, the lock-ons, the bike-powered smoothie makers and the music, and returned home after refusing to talk to either the protesters or the press. But it isn't over – bailiffs could return at any time. Email GH your phone number if you want to be part of the phone tree or join the mailing list on the website: http://www.transitionheathrow.com… firstname.lastname@example.org
Anti fracking campaigners have got their hands on a Sussex Police report that details an 'emerging' nationwide strategy on protests against the controversial drilling technique. The report has been exposed in a report about the policing of the protests at Balcombe, West Sussex, last summer.
They've stolen our postal service, and are currently giving away the health service, education and prisons to their mates, what's next for this Government? Perhaps the most audacious theft yet - potentially all of our public land.
Artivists take on BPs sponsorship of the British Museum's Viking exhibition.
We started writing about three interesting but unrelated things happening in June. Here is an amalgamated version, which is worth a read.
As politicians get ready to debate the HS2 rail project for the second time, campaigners fight for secret documents to be released - and the environmentally devastating project to be shelved.
Re-occupation of the Hambach Forest, near Cologne in Germany, where activists occupy and fight the expansion of opencast mining.