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From: Jo Makepeace (
Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2008 16:59:20 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: SchNEWS 657, Friday 28th November 2008

Belgian woodland protest camp faces eviction


Protesters camped at woodland near Bruges, Belgium are getting ready for eviction, despite the winter chill. The 30 hectare woodland is under threat from developers who want to build an adventure playground for children. In 2002, the same site was occupied and the activists evicted but not before successfully stopping the woodland being destroyed.

Now, the developers are back and so are the protesters. Belgian police have acted dangerously at past evictions, torturing people out of lock-ons and driving machinery over a tunnel with people inside. They are now expected at any time.

The happy campers need extra insulation, building materials and fundraising, as well as people who can get to the site quickly when eviction starts. (You can get a text alert if you send your phone no to The site is just to the south of Bruges.

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