Stop that train!

by Jack the lad
on Friday 25 Jun 2010

type: Event Notice
topic: Protests
region: South West
event time: Sunday 11 Jul 2010 18:30
Recent weeks have seen 18 activists from Bristol and Bath Rising Tide arrested following a blockade of the railway from the Ffos-y-Fran opencast coal mine to Aberthaw Power Station. 30 years ago on July 8th activists from Bristol, Bath and Stroud held up a nuclear waste train bound for Sharpness Docks where the waste was being loaded onto a ship to be ultimately dumped into the Atlantic. In 2008 climate change activists held up a coal train bound for the giant Drax powerstation. In all three actions the activists arrested were charged under the Malicious Damages Act of 1861 - a Victorian piece of legislation that still carries a maximum sentence of life.

Come and hear personal accounts of the actions, see a film of the Sharpness train hold up and discuss the pros and cons of putting your neck on the line!