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Log Trucks Blockaded in Downtown Eureka; 3 arrested

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      Log Trucks Blockaded in Downtown Eureka; 3 arrested

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                  >    Log Trucks Blockaded in Downtown Eureka
                  >                Three Arrested

           A large demonstration for the protection of Old Growth and an end
      to Maxxam corporation's destructive logging practices in Humboldt
      County at noon today included nonviolent civil disobedience. As a
      truck carrying large logs approached the intersection in front of the
      Eureka Courthouse, activists carrying banners surged into the street,
      stopped and boarded it.  Eureka Police and County Sheriffs responded
      some fifteen minutes later, by which time a large crowd had gathered,
      most expressing loud vocal support for the action. A fire truck was
      called to assist in removing two activists from the logs on top of the
      truck   No pepper spray or compliance pain holds were used. With the
      help of the firemen, police officers were able to conduct themselves
      in nonviolent manner different from the brutal treatment activists
      have sometimes received from law enforcement. Three people were
      arrested.

           The two activists who climbed onto the logs on the back of the
      truck held a sign proclaiming: "Defend the Forest, Support Forest
      Defenders". Others surrounded the truck and then stopped a second
      log truck holding up banners with the messages: "Palco--Cutting
      Tomorrow's Trees Today" and "Save the Mattole". Traffic in the
      remaining lane was slowed but allowed to pass.

           One man sat down in front of the Arcata Redwood logging truck and
      was repeatedly hauled away by police who, however, declined to arrest
      him. Officers also returned a banner used in the blockade to
      activists, after it was ripped from their hands by an angry bystander.

           The Mattole watershed, where Maxxam is currently clear cutting
      hundreds of acres of ancient Douglas fir on steep and landslide- prone
      slopes, has been the focus of recent protest since North Coast Earth
      First! opened an action camp at Grizzly Creek Redwood State Park
      Campground in late July.  Last week activists staged a triple blockade
      in the Mattole, by constructing a mono-pod structure at a main gate,
      as well as an activist who suspended herself from a "traverse" line
      strung between two trees a half mile in on Redwood State Park land and
      a school bus with activists cemented into a road near Rainbow Ridge,
      twelve miles inside corporate property.  Four arrests were made,
      although the young woman suspended from the traverse line 20 feet
      above the road was too high for the sheriff's cherry picker to
      remove and was left in place.

           The blockade lasted for an hour, and ended when protestors were
      removed and arrested, to the cheers of the crowd, and three police
      officers rode off on the back of one of the logging trucks.
          
           Meanwhile, tree-sitters in the Freshwater and Van Duzen
      watersheds are completing a 10-day fast for the forest, to call
      attention to the need to pass the Heritage Tree Act, SB 754.      




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