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Hatfield Moor blockaded for 3 hours

29.03.2002 01:20

Last Monday 100 people with banners and flags blockaded Scotts on Hatfield Moor in South Yorkshire, the US multinational responsible for extraction of the largest remaining lowland peat habitats in England.

"A bunch of people running across a lumpy muddy field with kids, a wheelchair and a bike plus sound system while the police had a smaller distance to cover on tarmac – but somehow we made it across to the single track that provides the only access to the peat works. We occupied the track, celebrating our surprising achievement with drum and dance. The police moved up to our position and spent a long time figuring out what to do. In the meantime, people played football and a crèche was set up for the kids." [Quote from report]

Whilst others actions continued the over the following days, resistance has been increasing to the companies extraction of millions of tons of peat to sell to garden centres and farmers around the country on Thorne and Hatfield Moors throughout 2001. [Report 2] [Report 3]

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