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21 Environment Protesters Arrested in England
Is This a Warning to the Government?
By Shane Clarke
London Correspondent
21 environment protesters were arrested in England.

Police have made 21 arrests today during an environmental protest at the Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station in Nottinghamshire. A number of these were made when protestors breached the station’s perimeter fence. One officer had to be airlifted to hospital with head injuries and a protestor had to be taken by ambulance following angry clashes.

The coal-powered station, which produces enough power for the needs of over 1.5 million homes and businesses in the Nottinghamshire and East Midlands region, has been targeted by groups such as Camp for Climate Change, and Plane Stupid, because of its effect on the environment. Both groups feel that the station’s owners, E.On, are putting profits before genuine commitment to improving the environment.

More than 1,000 protestors descended on the site and have vowed to continue their action all weekend. This followed what was essentially a call to arms on the climate camp website, which published a video showing previous demonstrations using sledgehammers and bolt cutters to gain entry to other power stations. The site also published a detailed plan of action for breaching the Ratcliffe-on-soar station from numerous directions.

These are truly extreme, and somewhat desperate, measures. No one likes to see such things. No one wants to witness such public disorder. However, the question must be asked – What else are they supposed to do?

When people have a government so busy feathering its own nest and desperately trying to save its own skin that it completely ignores the cries of its people, these cries are going to grow louder, and become shouts. When the people’s shouts still go ignored, then people are going to take more drastic measures, as is the case here.

There were 10 people arrested even before the protest began. These arrests took place early this morning on the grounds of conspiracy to commit aggravated trespass. What a sad day for justice when people can be arrested just in case they commit a crime.

Where is our government while all this is happening? Is anyone from the government in Nottinghamshire trying to diffuse this situation? The answer is more than likely no – they’re too busy looking back over their expense claims and wondering what might be coming to bite them on the backside next.

I’ve also noticed a lot of “G” summits lately – G7 on this, G8 on that, G20 on this issue. How about a G Brown summit where he takes a look at what’s happening on his own doorstep and actually takes some responsibility for it and tries to remedy the situation. Rather than simply holding onto his premiership like a spoilt child stubbornly holding onto a doll, why doesn’t he go out there and actually do something to earn the post he was never actually elected to?

The people are getting angry, Mr Brown. The natives are getting restless. The peasants are revolting. How many more ways does it need to be said before you get off your self-interested backside and do something to prevent the country you’re supposed to serve descending into anarchy?



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Shane Clarke serves as London Correspondent for The Seoul Times. He has been involved in humanitarian work for numerous years. He’s also a freelance management consultant. Having completed an honors degree in Law at Wolverhampton University, he then moved on to an MBA at Warwick Business School. He’s heavily involved in the fight against international parental child abduction to Japan.

 

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