M11 Link Road Campaign was the 'training ground' in Non-Violent
Direct Action (N.V.D.A.) for many London Dragons. We had spent some
time at Twyford, but the M11 was close enough to home for us to
get there quite regularly, & this was our real initiation into
this style of protest.
Dragon was involved with direct action and eco-magic
at the M11 protest. We led a Samhain ritual at Wanstonia, the front
line at the time, which was especially memorable!
The Battle of George Green, when
hundreds of police & bailiffs descended on the defenders of
the magnificent tree which stood there, was a 'baptism by fire'
for many. It was the first big confrontation of the campaign, &
one of the most violent. Neither the bailiffs nor the police seemed
to know how to handle the situation, & the result was predicable
aggression. Later evictions seemed to me to be less violent, but
that may have been my good fortune combined with greater cunning
from the authorities, for stories abound of protesters who were
out of sight being bullied & beaten.
Claremont Road; the
largest eviction since World War Two
and text by Adrian Harris