James Dryburgh

As for the comments from some of our most distinguished muppets, talking of ‘slums’ and ‘smelly, hairy hippies’, there is no five star accommodation or restaurants in the Florentine worthy of a Michael Aird or a Lara Giddings. It’s a forest for f*$k sake, how do you expect people to be living. The activists cop the wrath of some of our most aggressive simpletons, who use comments like that to steer the ‘debate’ away from the actual issues. They try to focus the debate on law-breaking where no-one is harmed, rather than the issue of why so many feel driven to break the law.

Look at history – sometimes the law itself is the criminal. That is one of the reasons why enlightened societies value protest and freedom of speech.

Thank you Flozzas!

I would like to thank the activists in the Florentine. There are many people who agree with you but don’t have the psychology or life situation to do what you do. Many of us are just not cut out for this kind of direct action but recognise its importance and are immensely grateful to those who are. Sadly, if everyone who ageed with you did what you did, I doubt that the appalling approach to forestry could continue.

As for the comments from some of our most distinguished muppets, talking of ‘slums’ and ‘smelly, hairy hippies’, there is no five star accommodation or expensive restaurants in the Florentine worthy of a Michael Aird, Bryan Green or Lara Giddings. It’s a forest for f*$k sake, how do you expect people to be living.

The activists cop the wrath of some of our most aggressive simpletons, who use comments like that to steer the ‘debate’ away from the actual issues. They try to focus the debate on law-breaking where no-one is harmed, rather than the issue of why so many feel driven to break the law.

Look at history – sometimes the law itself is the criminal.

That is one of the reasons why enlightened societies value protest and freedom of speech.

‘Extremists’ and ‘terrorists’! People who use such language in these situations should be ashamed. Is it extreme or an act of terror to live amongst nature and to want to protect some of it for future generations? Or is extreme to want to destroy it without good reason? Terrorism is using terror or fear in an attempt get people to conform to what you want. Destroying one’s special places, arresting and suing people, may not be terrorism, but it is more closely relates than peaceful protest.

Unlike the people who make comments like those mentioned above, activists put themselves on the line for others (including those not born yet) and they put themselves on the line for that which cannot defend itself, nature. These people dont act for gain of money or power, or to boost a deluded ego. These people make a scarifice for everyone’s future in the hope that in the future we can look back with something more than shame.

The role of activists is a fundamental component of the whole battle. They raise awareness nationally and internationally and slow the tragic progress of a corporation and a government out of control. They also give strength and motivation to those who are in their own way fighting along side.

History will view these activists as heroes and their opponents as villains.

Thank you again and don’t give up.

James Dryburgh

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