Digging in against HS2
FIVE campaigners staged a sit-down protest under a digger in Harefield in a bid to stop trees being cut down as part of the HS2 high speed rail link project.
The protest began when Stop HS2 crusader Sarah Green as she placed herself under the digger at the Harvil Road site at around 10am on Monday October 2.
Over the next 24 hours she was joined by a number of other campaigners.
Pictures from the area on Monday showed workmen standing at the site while the digger remained halted.
Police also turned up at the scene of the protest.
The protestors were hoping to stall the start of HS2 and stayed on site 5.30pm on Tuesday October 3 when protesters were finally removed by bailiffs.
There had been several attempts to evict the Stop HS2 group before that.
The eviction happened shortly after two women were arrested for allegedly assaulting security at the site at around 4.30pm.
Speaking to GetWestLondon after the eviction, protester Daniel Gordonyi, said: “I think we’ve won this battle, it wasn’t the first and it won’t be the last, we’ve shown that we can halt HS2 and that the authorities underestimated our strength.”
Daniel watched on as the five protesters were removed from under the digger.
He said: “The bailiffs arrived and put up fences directly around the digger.
“They put up lots of black cloth so we couldn’t see through at all. Then they dragged Sarah and the others out and moved all of us on.”
Sarah Green and protestors standing at the digger