Euston HS2 protest: Last activist faraway from tunnels – and raises a peace signal

The final anti-HS2 protester flashes a V-sign from the back of an ambulance

2021-02-26 17:26:00

The ultimate anti-HS2 activist from a gaggle who had spent at the least a month underground in a community of tunnels has been eliminated.

As the person, referred to as Bradley, emerged from the location beneath London’s Euston Sq. Gardens and was transferred to an ambulance, he raised two fingers in a peace/victory signal.

A crowd gathered close by cheered and shouted “we love you Bradley”.

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16-year-old Rory Hooper – the son of veteran environmental campaigner Swampy – joined the protest

The community of tunnels close to the London station was dug in secret by protesters objecting to the redevelopment of the realm as a part of the high-speed railway line.

They have been first found of their underground bunker on 26 January.

However on Friday, HS2 Restricted, the government-owned firm constructing the undertaking, mentioned the ultimate individual had been taken out of the location.

A complete of 9 protesters have been eliminated.

Dr Larch Maxey, who spent 27 days underground, mentioned: “We have helped to shift consciousness of the local weather and ecological emergency, actually taken issues to a brand new degree and likewise consciousness of HS2 and its position in accelerating that.”

Undated handout video grab issued by HS2 Rebellion of a protester known as 'Larch' in part of a 100ft tunnel network dug in secret under Euston Square Gardens in central London, which they claim is at risk from the HS2 line development. Issue date: Tuesday January 26, 2021.
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Larch Maxey pictured in a part of the 100ft tunnel community dug in secret beneath Euston Sq. Gardens

Dr Maxey added that Bradley, would really feel “very proud, I ought to suppose, and relieved and grateful for being again up prime”.

HS2 Restricted mentioned in a press release: “HS2 workers, our brokers and the emergency service personnel have acted with security as their utmost precedence, risking their very own lives with a view to make sure the wellbeing of those that positioned themselves in such a harmful state of affairs underground.”

HS2 Rebellion protesters in a tree, part of an encampment in Euston Square Gardens in central London, where the protesters have built a 100ft tunnel network, which they are ready to occupy, after claiming the garden is at risk from the HS2 line development. Picture date: Wednesday January 27, 2021.
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The undertaking has been met with anger from environmentalists

The agency insisted it “accepts the proper to peaceable protest” however accused activists of placing “extra strain” on the NHS and police and hearth companies in the course of the coronavirus pandemic.

It additionally claimed its workers and brokers have been “topic to quite a few incidences of violence and felony exercise throughout this operation, together with alleged theft and assault”.

The assertion added: “As an alternative of losing public assets on unlawful actions, we urge environmental organisations to help a undertaking that can assist reduce the variety of automobiles and lorries on our roads, reduce demand for home flights and assist the nation’s combat in opposition to local weather change.”

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