Monday, April 13, 2009

EON's Dirty Coal Plans Continue to Focus Attention of Activists

EON's plans top build the first new coal plant in over 30 years continue to focus the minds of climate change activists throughout the country.

The latest from Indymedia on a protest (with a suspected direct action element)

"114 activists were arrested in a 2am raid on a community centre in Sneinton Dale, Nottingham early on Easter Monday, 13th April 2009. It is believed that a protest was planned at the Eon powerstation at Ratcliffe-on-Soar and Eon has released a statement confirming this. The Ratcliffe-on-Soar coal-fired power station is the 3rd largest source of carbon dioxide emissions in the UK and has been previously targeted by activists. Similar to past police actions, some of the homes of those arrested have been raided while they were held in custody. It has been confirmed that 5 properties have already been raided in Nottingham and the SUMAC Centre and personal paperwork and computers have been seized. Activists are now being released on bail, to appear in court on 14th July, with no other conditions. More raids are expected.

This police action is reminiscent of the arrests of climate change activists in April 2007 when they were on their way to protest against the M1 widening. While the protestors were held in custody their homes were raided and computers were taken. A year after the arrests the M1 case was thrown out of court."

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