Arthurs Wood eviction
two remain underground
12th Oct 1999
The eviction of the tunnel at Arthurs wood has moved into day 17. Two people, Disco Dave and Colm Pete remain down the tunnel and show no sign of coming out. The men in black are getting closer but how close is not known.
Protesters safety people have expressed concern for Colm Pete who is 53 years old, and was having trouble sleeping due to the high stress of the situation. The protesters safety person has been unable to communicate with the tunnel for 2 days as the sheriffs underling Craig Leech is denying access to the safety person and preventing communication. Craig Leech is obviously acting on his own without the sheriffs or polices authority as they realise that it is crucial for the protesters safety person to have contact with people underground. Many problems can be sorted out above ground that can prevent dangerous situations from occurring.
Protesters ask that the sheriff remove Craig Leech from his job as he is obviously making a dangerous situation worse, putting not only the protesters lives in danger but also the people evicting them. If there was a problem down the tunnel the protesters are more likely to communicate it to a person they know and trust.
The protest at Arthurs wood was set up in order to highlight issues around the felling of trees in woodland belonging to the National Trust by a private company. In an attempt to prevent Manchester Airport PLC from chopping trees for an obstacle Limitation surface for the second runway protesters have now been occupying the tunnel for seventeen days.
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