Scotland (central & southern)
apex drilling @ bridgend sabotaged by anti opencast activists.
In the early hours of tuesday 3rd november, anti opencast activists visited Apex Drilling based near Bridgend. They are integral to the expanding opencast monster and are currently active at Mainshill in Scotland.
Work was stopped for just over half an hour yesterday, as people tried to lock-on to the harvesting machine, but people were met with aggression and violence by the Scottish Woodland workers.
Workers kicked people off the cab of the harverster, roughed people around, and one worker jumped from the cab at someone taking a photo, grabbed their camera and smashed it into the mud.
At 7.30am this morning, two people locked-on to harvesting machinery attempting to make its way into Mainshill Wood, in an ongoing struggle to stop work at the site and stop Scottish Coal's attempts to turn the site into an opencast coal mine.
This morning at around 7am the access road being used by loggers and other contractors to gain access to Mainshill Wood was blockaded by residents at the Mainshill Solidarity Camp.
Work has now been stopped for over five hours, with two big barricades and two people locked-on.
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Two reports of sabotage at Mainshill Wood have been posted on Indymedia – one involving the drilling rig on site and another involving harvesting equipment which has been relentlessly targeted over the past month, both with sabotage and early morning actions. Things are heating up at Mainshill as the defiance of the community takes on Scottish Coal’s determination to profit at any cost.
An anonymous communique was received after two machines used for drilling and testing for coal on site were sabotaged in the early hours of Tuesday morning... The communique reads:
“On the morning of Tuesday the 20th of October two heavy vehicles had their Fuel lines, wires, gears and fuel tanks destroyed. Their windows and bodies where also spraypainted.
For the past two weeks Scottish Woodlands and others contracted by Scottish Coal have been devastating parts of Mainshill Wood, those beyond the Solidarity Camp. Plantation forest is being felled at an alarming rate, with massive harvesting machines and JCBs tearing up more of Scotland’s countryside. Scottish Coal is establishing its own site, south of the Solidarity Camp and right in the middle of Mainshill Wood. Your solidarity is urgently needed – this work must be stopped.
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