Dig­ging in against HS2

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

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

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