HS2 Rebellion Tunnellers get suspended sentences
In 2021, 6 tunnelers captured the world’s imagination when they dug beneath Euston Park, to prevent construction of an ecocidal project known as HS2. This group, part of an affinity group known as the HS2 Rebellion, risked their lives, and held the tunnels for a month, before finally being removed from their lock on devices. August 2nd, 2022, the six received suspended sentences for their conscientious actions.
But the strangest part is that this group was already acquitted a while ago on this very charge. So why were they in court again to face the same exact charges? The Crown Prosecution Service decided to challenge the activists’ acquittal in the high court. This is unprecedented, and reminiscent of what Steven Donzinger went through in the US, where unprecedented action was taken to silence him. Sadly, the state won in this case as well, and now the activists have a 12 month probationary period where they will likely be watched by authorities.
Larch Maxey, Extinction Rebellion spokesperson and HS2 Rebellion Tunneler said this, “Day 1 Euston Tunnel re-trial: The case was thrown out in 2021, yet HS2 & CPS have conspired to try us again vs the legal principle of “double jeopardy”: Public interest (has indicated) to scrap HS2 and not hound peaceful protectors! HS2 is Euston now shelved & the whole HS2 Rail scheme is failing”
The HS2 tunnel has now reached London as of a few days ago. The issue is that environmental impact statements, and the actual usefulness of this line to the general public was never honestly assessed. And even now, the line construction is regularly criticized by being against public interest. A recent Guardian Article, July 30th, said this, “HS2 is officially ‘unachievable’ after being given red rating”
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