HS2 Injunction: HS2 Makes Sinister Attempt to Create a Second Tier of Corporate Policing to Silence Opposition

HS2 Limited are seeking impunity from all protests through a route wide injunction, criminalising anyone who steps on land in possession of HS2. They are seeking an end to lawful protests against HS2 including protest camps, actions against HS2 and monitoring of HS2’s activities - but they are also creating a dangerous and risky situation for anyone who walks, lives and exists around the area owned by HS2.

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All activists acquitted in the final round of trial dates from HS2 protest – judge asks prosecutor, ‘Why are you wasting our time with this again’?

At St. Alban’s Magistrates Court on Monday 23rd August 2021 the final 7 activists from the ‘Extinction is Forever’ protest (which took place outside a HS2 site on the outskirts of Maple Cross, Uxbridge, West London in October 2020) were suddenly acquitted when the case was dismissed by the judge after just one hour into the proceedings.

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HS2 Rebellion activists in court charged with ‘hiding tools’ – despite being physically locked-on, on the opposite side of a compound gate

On the 9th of October 2020 a non-violent protest took place outside the gates of a HS2 site on the outskirts of Maple Cross, Uxbridge, West London. A group of environmental activists erected (and in some cases ascended) temporary bamboo structures at the gates of the site, housing construction work and a quarry. Protesters remained in place for almost 10 hours. 21 activists were eventually arrested, without resistance and were later charged with Section 241 (D) of the Trade Unions and Labour Relations Act (watching or besetting a workplace, in order to compel a person to abstain from doing an act that person had a legal right to do - TU92006).

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Forest people: Young people protest in Upper Swabia against the expansion of a gravel pit and try out a free coexistence

It's three in the morning. It's pitch black in the forest. The treetops allow only a few rays of pale moonlight to penetrate the treehouses. An alarm clock rings, headlamps…

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The price for law and order: How HS2 Limited bought the public police force

The right to peacefully protest is a cornerstone of a liberal democratic society, protected under articles 10 and 11 of the European Conventions of Human Rights. Whilst there are structures under which this right can be challenged and restricted by law, such as The Public Order Act 1986, the freedom of expression and assembly remains.

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