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Second UK Coal Open-cast site occupied

Last night twenty five activists occupied the site of the Blair House Open Cast Coal Site in solidarity with near-by communities and in direct intervention of the environmental destruction that it will cause. Contractors have been felling trees on the site over the past week, and activists have moved in to stop this work and put an end to UK Coal’s plans for mining the Black Wood Wildlife site.

This occupation is the second occupation of a UK Coal site in two weeks after Huntington Lane was occupied and comes two months after the eviction of the Mainshill Solidarity Camp in South Lanarkshire, where 45 arrests were made in an eviction that lasted 5 days.

Full report is on Indymedia

There are striking similarites between both cases: Both sites are ecologically diverse, there was strong local opposition to both mines and Central government played a big part in both outcomes. Central government over ruled the Telford decision and effectively black mailed Fife Council with threats of financial cuts.

We send our solidarity to the Black Wood camp

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