After 19 days anti-HS2 protester leaves Euston tunnel network to ‘allow others to stay longer’

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Another of the anti-HS2 campaigners occupying a network of underground tunnels near Euston station has voluntarily left overnight.

Pictures show HS2 Rebellion protester Scotty, also known as Digger Down, being escorted away from the premises by police after emerging from the tunnel system just after midnight on Monday.

In a Facebook post on Sunday evening, Scotty said he was opting to leave the tunnels voluntarily after 19 days in order to “ease the pressure on resources (and) allow others to stay longer”.

He said: “I have nothing to prove by being the last one in so have decided to volunteer my exit.

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Scotty had been in the tunnels for 19 days (Jonathan Brady/PA)

“Bailiffs are digging a new downshaft adjacent to the other tunnel in an attempt to extract (fellow protester) Larch (Maxey) etc.

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“I predict they will enter (his) tunnel tomorrow evening but don’t expect them to extract anyone anytime soon.

“However there may be more strategic exits as time goes on … Thanks for all the support and will see you on the other side.”

The 100ft network of tunnels, which were dug in secret by protesters who object to the redevelopment of Euston Square Gardens in London as part of HS2, were discovered on January 26.

Some protesters remain underground, while a number of others have since been removed or left.

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    1. Wasn’t PC Plod busy arresting old ladies for feeding birds and pregnant ladies having a baby shower?
      That must have been why they missed all those little mole hills.
      Or perhaps they just thought the protestors were construction workers, until they noticed a huge heap of soil with and upside down wheel barrow on the top and a couple of shovels sticking out.
      Well done the protesters, what is the point of HS2 when everyone is working from home on a zoom call?
      Lets tackle climate change by ripping up ancient woodlands! It’s madness.

    2. Scotty looks like he’s had a lifetime of paying his way and benefiting society.Is there a go fund me for a bar of soap? It’s a pity the tunnel didn’t collapse on top of them. Would have made a fascinating Time Team episode in a few hundred years time.

      1. You are very judgemental aren’t you!
        What about the Miners who dug for coal to keep your Ancestors warm and fuel the industrial revolution?
        What about the gold, silver, and diamonds you wear to show off your status, where do you think they come from?
        So looking dishevelled after a month underground is a statement of his life is it?
        Look in the Mirror hunni.
        What great benefit have you been to society exactly?

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