Red Hill Tree Sit

Police, followed by private guards, arrived at the site of the tree sit in the Red Hill Valley yesterday afternoon (June 1, 2004), forcing supporters on the ground to leave rather than be arrested. Blasting is scheduled to begin soon to cut an 80 metre wide swath through the face of the escarpment to make way for the controversial Red Hill Creek Expressway. In the early hours of Sunday, the protesters entered the area and managed to scale the trees and erect sturdy platforms without being detected by private guards posted less than 100 metres away. Those occupying the trees in a small wooded area just west of Mount Albion Road intend to stay for an extended period of time, up to "several months" they claim, in order to prevent irreparable damage to the escarpment face.

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