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Greens join eco protest

PUBLISHED: 16:15 13 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:46 12 August 2010

Confrontation: A woman is arrested.

Confrontation: A woman is arrested.

GREEN campaigners joined forces with protesters at the start of a 12-day protest against a Kent power station. About 1,500 people descended on the station on

GREEN campaigners joined forces with protesters at the start of a 12-day protest against a Kent power station.

About 1,500 people descended on the station on the Hoo Peninsular last weekend to protest against energy group E.on's plans to build the UK's first new coal-fired plant for 30 years.

It was the culmination of a 12-day protest in which campaigners have camped at a site near to the power station. The new power station will emit 8.4million of CO2 per year.

On Sunday, August 3, Bexley and Bromley Green Party members and supporters joined 200 other protestors on an earlier march from nearby Rochester to the power station.

Ann Garrett, Green Party representative for Bexley and Bromley, said: "Coal fired power stations are yesterday's solution to today's climate sustainability challenge. We need more renewables like wind, wave and solar, plus a re think at how we produce and transport energy. Combined heat and power generators are more energy efficient and will help the climate."

Last Saturday, the bulk of protestors formed a colourful procession and made the three-mile march from the camp site to the plant.

At around 1.30pm police moved in with riot gear to disperse the crowds but a group of 20 hardcore protestors refused to move and sat defiantly in front of the gate singing songs.

After being given several warnings by police the members of the group were all carried away and arrested.

A total of 1,400 officers from 26 forces across the country were on site and over 100 were arrested, with 46 so far charged with a variety of offences.

Despite their failure to shut down the station, Climate Camp, the organisers of the protest have labelled the event a success.

Spokesperson Emily Davies said: "It shows how serious we are about stopping climate change that people from all walks of life were prepared, despite blatantly intimidatory policing, to take direct action to disrupt E.on. This Olympic effort certainly deserves a gold medal.

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