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(en) Freedom 6318 21st Sep. 2002 - Picnic and protest on moor

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Date Fri, 27 Sep 2002 23:23:00 -0400 (EDT)


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With the heather in full bloom at the end of last
month, we fancied a walk on the North York Moors.
But we chose our route carefully on 24th August to
combine it with a protest against the US government's
warmongering. "If you're not with us ...", George
Bush has said, and we certainly weren't. So, to
Fylingdales Moor we went, a motley collection of
some thirty people, with ages ranging from 8 to 80.
We went to picnic and protest inside the US military
base, in the shadow of the immense 32-metre high
pyramid which desecrates the landscape.
Originally intended to provide us with a four-minute
warning of a Soviet military attack, it's now part of the
developing world-wide Star Wars system of military
satellites, space-bound lasers and (it's feared)
nuclear-tipped missiles. We didn't tell them we were
coming, but they were expecting us. Local police had
been reinforced from Essex and Nottinghamshire, so
they said.
Previously restricted to protesting outside the main
gate, this time we went inside using a
recently-discovered public bridle path which crosses
part of the forbidden area. Soon after climbing over a
low fence, and with a Ministry of Defence escort
worried we might stray from the path and get lost
(again, so they said), we strolled to three red posts
where we were told, probably wrongly, that the path
ended.
Just beyond the posts, we sat down and enjoyed a
leisurely picnic. Eventually, the sergeant told us that in
thirty minutes we'd be arrested unless we moved back
on to the bridle path.
When the time came, about half of us stayed and were
arrested, carried to a waiting vehicle, taken down to
the main gate and promptly de-arrested. The rest
moved back on to the path and later walked slowly,
very slowly, back to the main gate. We were mindful
of the little-known law, only used against
demonstrators, that it's an offence to sit, or even
remain stationary, on a public highway or path.




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