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Over 100 climate protesters held after early morning arrests

April 13th, 2009 · post by Fred Goodsell · 2 Comments

114 individuals have been arrested in early morning raids on a community centre in Sneinton Dale, Nottingham

Residents in Sneinton, a Nottingham suburb, apparently reported a large police presence including riot vans in the early hours of this morning to the BBC. Nottinghamshire Police later confirmed arrests had been made for conspiracy to commit aggravated trespass and criminal damage at a power industry facility. Energy giants E-On have confirmed that the Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station was to be targeted by protester today though this has not been confirmed by any independent source or indeed any protest groups themselves.

The raids represent a shift in recent police tactics opting for preemptive attack, rather than waiting for an actual law to be broken. This tactic was also recently used against five individuals in Plymouth who where arrested under terrorist legislation for possession of ‘political material’ and what is believed to be fireworks. The arrests where used in the smear campaign (see Media lies, anarchists and the G20) against G20 protests however all five arrestees where released without charge.

Power company Eon have been regularly targeted by climate protesters for their hideous environmental policies including the building of a new coal fired power stations at Kingsnorth (see related articles). Whilst the government is calling for a 80% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050 this new power station will emit between 6 and 8 million tons of CO2 every year. That’s equivalent to the annual emissions of Malawi’s 13 million people or more CO2 than Heathrow’s third runway would burn.

See Nothinghamshire Indymedia and Indymedia Uk  for more information – http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/regions/nottinghamshire/ http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2009/04/427421.html

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2 responses so far

  • Craig Stehr posted:
    Apr 14, 2009 at 1:43 am. Comment #1

    My friend Nik Thomas and I are organizing a documentary film effort to capture the story of emerging climate justice. We’ve already gotten a thumbs up from Rising Tide and Earth First! in the USA. We’re considering getting footage in New Orleans, Appalachia (coal country), Washington D.C., and at the U.N. sponsored “greenwashed” climate conference starting November 30th in Copenhagen. If our aspiration calls to you, feel free to make contact. Craig Stehr (craigstehr@hushmail.com)

  • Someone posted:
    Apr 14, 2009 at 3:36 pm. Comment #2

    This all reminds me of the Fairford coaches fiasco where the police stopped 60 or so people getting to Fairford to protest against the Iraq war. I hope everyone arrested over this sues the police for wrongful imprisonment too.