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Country park arrests mark final stages of tree dwellers' protest (Scot wackos in tree tops)
The Scotsman ^ | Tue 24 Jan 2006 | LAURA ROBERTS

Posted on 01/24/2006 7:20:34 AM PST by SittinYonder

EIGHT tree-dwelling demonstrators, including a topless woman, were arrested yesterday in Dalkeith Park as the £600,000 operation to evict bypass protesters there entered its final phase.

The National Eviction Team began work yesterday morning to move on the army of demonstrators living in the largest of four tree-top camps. It is believed to be the last camp left to clear.

Eight of the 'eco-warriors' left voluntarily after the eviction notice was read out at the Pickle Dirt woods.

But, four people chained themselves on the ground and another four fastened themselves to a 20-foot high cargo net and had to be removed by force by the eviction team.

One female protestor, who refused to put her clothes back on, was arrested by police.

However, about 12 campaigners are still in treetop hammocks and tents, one of which has been suspended above a river.

A Transport Scotland spokeswoman said: "The process of evicting the rest of the protestors is expected to take up most of the rest of the week.

"The NET must take into account a number of safety issues and it is a slow process bringing down the protestors from the cargo nets."

The group have been living in the trees since November last year as a protest against plans to build a £40 million bypass road through the country park.

The eviction began on Monday and has cost the Scottish Executive £600,000 so far, or £100,000 per day.

A total of 23 protesters have been arrested since the process to remove them from the site began last week.

The trees are to be cut down to make way for the bypass and protestors claim it is ruining the popular park and threatening the wildlife that live there.

Save Dalkeith Park members are campaigning to stop the road which will link the A720 and the A68, by disecting the park and altering the natural environment.

They are convinced that building the road will damage a significant portion of Dalkeith Park - an area which provides more than 1,000 acres of farmland and woodland just outside Edinburgh.

The park has long been used as a venue for a host of outdoor activities and hobbies. Activists argue that it provides a place for bird and wildlife watchers, cyclists, anglers, horse-riders, walkers and others and that it is visited by as many as 50,000 people every year.

The tree protesters say that if the bypass cuts the park in two it will endanger the wildlife there by destroying their natural habitat.

Campaigners from Save Dalkeith Park have been offered the services of a city QC free of charge to see if there is any way of seeking a judicial review of the Scottish Executive's decision to go-ahead with the A68 bypass.

However, officials are arguing that the new road is worth building and has been designed to ease traffic congestion in Dalkeith.

Both the Scottish Socialists and the Scottish Green Party have called on the Executive to re-route the bypass.

Tree surgeons started cutting down the woods at the end of November but had to stop work on safety grounds after the protesters moved in and wait to obtain an eviction order from the courts.

Plans for the single-carriageway A68 bypass took ten years to approve and were not passed by the Executive until July last year.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: ecoping; environmentalwackos
The eviction began on Monday and has cost the Scottish Executive £600,000 so far, or £100,000 per day.

Obviously, if they just cut down the trees the protesters would come out pretty quick. In fact, if they'd fire up the chain saws, they'd probably come out voluntarily. But £100,000 per day seems unreasonably high.

1 posted on 01/24/2006 7:20:38 AM PST by SittinYonder
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To: SittinYonder
I noticed that too..

Talk about bureaucracy! Wonder how many certified naturalists, etc.. they have to have on hand?
2 posted on 01/24/2006 7:27:21 AM PST by Pessimist
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To: SittinYonder
Eight of the 'eco-warriors' left voluntarily after the eviction notice was read out at the Pickle Dirt woods.

Theres a great joke here somewhere...

3 posted on 01/24/2006 7:28:34 AM PST by bill1952 ("All that we do is done with an eye towards something else.")
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To: bill1952
Pickle Dirt woods

I'm sure the joke would involve the topless protester. Isn't it cold in Scotland this time of year?

4 posted on 01/24/2006 7:29:41 AM PST by SittinYonder (That's how I saw it, and see it still.)
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To: SittinYonder

You have the same idea I do. Just cut. Worse that'll happen is they become a Rachel Corrie-like martyr.


5 posted on 01/24/2006 7:30:18 AM PST by Hoodlum91
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To: SittinYonder; GreenFreeper

Ping from the top of the trees. (GET IT?? Ping? Peeing? Get it?)


6 posted on 01/24/2006 7:31:07 AM PST by DaveLoneRanger ("We are a religious people whose institutions presuppose a Supreme Being." SCOTUS, Zorach v. Clauson)
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To: Pessimist
Talk about bureaucracy!

Amen. I read the Scotsman religously, and the overwhelming size of government in the UK is frightening. Particularly with regards to their national healthcare system, I like to post stories as a warning of where I see our country heading.

7 posted on 01/24/2006 7:31:17 AM PST by SittinYonder (That's how I saw it, and see it still.)
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To: SittinYonder
The National Eviction Team
Just how many tree huggers do they have in this country?
8 posted on 01/24/2006 7:34:08 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: SittinYonder
I would think fire hoses would be useful for this kind of scum, especially in winter.

-ccm

9 posted on 01/24/2006 7:39:46 AM PST by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order)
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To: oh8eleven
Just how many tree huggers do they have in this country?

LOL. With the socialism in the UK, I would suspect they wouldn't have to have very many to form a government agency to deal with them.

10 posted on 01/24/2006 7:42:13 AM PST by SittinYonder (That's how I saw it, and see it still.)
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To: ccmay
I think this would get their attention:


11 posted on 01/24/2006 7:45:38 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: SittinYonder

Look at that natural skill in the treetops. And they say we aren't descended from monkeys. But who would have suspected that the Scotts would come along and prove them wrong?


12 posted on 01/24/2006 8:50:11 AM PST by NaughtiusMaximus (DO NOT read to the end of this tagline . . . Oh, $#@%^, there you went and did it.)
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To: blam; Carry_Okie; Chanticleer; ClearCase_guy; cogitator; CollegeRepublican; ...
ECO-PING

FReepmail me to be added or removed to the ECO-PING list!

Why not send a team to fog them out!


13 posted on 01/24/2006 10:46:46 AM PST by GreenFreeper (Not blind opposition to progress, but opposition to blind progress)
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To: SittinYonder

Set up some nets below; tell them to get down. If they don't budge, snipe 'em with tranquilizer darts.

It's the only humane thing to do. :)


14 posted on 01/24/2006 10:53:32 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
Set up some nets below; tell them to get down. If they don't budge, snipe 'em with tranquilizer darts.

ROFLOL. If it's good enough for the bears, it's too good for the envirowackos!

15 posted on 01/24/2006 10:57:33 AM PST by SittinYonder (That's how I saw it, and see it still.)
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To: GreenFreeper
"But, four people chained themselves on the ground and another four fastened themselves to a 20-foot high cargo net and had to be removed by force by the eviction team."
This world is full of morons! heh heh heh.
16 posted on 01/24/2006 11:20:36 AM PST by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Best idea yet!!!! That might give them something to really protest!


17 posted on 01/24/2006 11:50:28 AM PST by midwyf (Eliminate government involvement in the environmental religion too.)
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To: SittinYonder
The desire to curtail "individual transport" is their underlying motivation. They claim that doing so will reduce global warming and promote public transportation. This is typical of socialist idiots - how did past ice ages manage to come and go in the absence automobile exhaust? Stupid. Anyway, here's one link in which some tree humpers talk about the Dalkeith Bypass and climate change.

http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2005/12/329610.html
18 posted on 01/24/2006 12:04:48 PM PST by Jaysun (The plain truth is that I am not a fair man, and don't want to hear both sides.)
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To: SittinYonder
If it's good enough for the bears, it's too good for the envirowackos!

I thought (In AK) a .375 H&H Mag was the minimum that Fish & Wildlife carried for bears?
19 posted on 01/24/2006 12:26:36 PM PST by proud_yank (Aspiring CEO of a multinational corporation)
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To: dfwgator

Good thinking!


20 posted on 01/24/2006 12:27:12 PM PST by proud_yank (Aspiring CEO of a multinational corporation)
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To: dfwgator; SittinYonder; blam; Carry_Okie; Chanticleer; ClearCase_guy; cogitator; SierraWasp; ...
18" bars are for sissies. This would get MY attention!!!




I GOTTA FIND A WOMAN WITH A CHAINSAW
(Peter Krug)

I woke up this mornin' frozen nearly dead,
Was so damn cold I couldn't get out of bed.
As I lay there shiverin' as cold as can be.
Suddenly this revelation occurred to me.

CHO:
I gotta find a woman with a chainsaw,
To spend the winter with me.
If I could find a woman with a chainsaw,
Than all night long I would stoke her fire, yes indeed.

I put an ad down at the Co-op, a notice on the stump,
I don't care if she's skinny, I don't care if she's plump,
I don't care if she's pretty or ugly as sin,
If she's got a chainsaw she can move right in.

Oh, you big city women in your Calvin Klein clothes,
Ain't much good when the ground gets froze.
I need a tough country mama, to help me chop my wood,
And when I find her, I'm gonna treat her good.

I 'd treat her sweet and gentle and we would never fight,
If she went out with someone else I wouldn't get uptight.
She can just do her thing, and I can do just mine,
And she and me and that machine we'd get along just fine.

I've got a cabin in the mountain, a Chevy pickup truck,
With half a ton of Mendocino thunder f**k,
I've got a bushel of soy beans, a whole barrel of brown rice,
And a couple cords of firewood would make it all so very nice.


21 posted on 01/24/2006 1:38:30 PM PST by Issaquahking (Log the earth first, we'll get the rest of the planets later...)
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To: Issaquahking

Stihl really is tops. I am using an ancient 070 and it still starts on the first pull after I prime it for the first start.

It runs a 56" double end bar through a local species of tropical hardwood tree that is harder than oak. That's a 56" clear cut for a slab.

And the Stihl is almost as old as I am! My little saw is a Homelite 45cc with a 20" bar and it is a piece of junk in comparison.

;-)


22 posted on 01/24/2006 4:39:46 PM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon Liberty, it is essential to examine principle)
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To: Issaquahking

Stihl really is tops. I am using an ancient 070 and it still starts on the first pull after I prime it for the first start.

It runs a 56" double end bar through a local species of tropical hardwood tree that is harder than oak. That's a 56" clear cut for a slab.

And the Stihl is almost as old as I am! My little saw is a Homelite 45cc with a 20" bar and it is a piece of junk in comparison.

;-)


23 posted on 01/24/2006 4:43:54 PM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon Liberty, it is essential to examine principle)
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To: GladesGuru
Stihl really is tops.

I agree. I cut hundreds of cords of wood for pocket money when I was in high school and college. Hard, dirty, dangerous work. Over that time I used chainsaws by Sears, McCulloch, Echo, and Poulan, but nothing was near as good as the 6hp Stihl I bought when we were really busy. Great power-to-weight ratio, with little vibration, and ripping fast cuts. Expensive but well worth it.

They say Husqvarna and Jonsereds are of comparable quality but I never got a chance to try them.

-ccm

24 posted on 01/25/2006 10:09:10 PM PST by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order)
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