11 Jan 2008
Green councillors arrested for Oxford tree protest
Dr. Wall said
'Mike Woodin, a former Green Party Principal Speaker and Oxford Councillor, had to climb trees in Oxford to stop them being cut down unnecessarily. It is sad that his widow and Green Party councillor Deborah Glass Woodin is now being arrested for defending Oxford's environment.
"How can we object to rainforests being clear cut in Brazil and Papua New Guinea, when we cut trees for no pressing reason in Britain?
"I have sat in trees, in front of bulldozers and occupied offices as such direct action is still sadly needed
"Just as much as winning elections, non violent direct action is part of the Green Party approach to change. Deborah and the Oxford Greens provide an inspiring example."
Lib Dem tree "vandalism" condemned by Tatchell
Oxford – 11 January 2007
Responding to Oxford city council's attempts to cut down 40-plus
mature, majestic trees around the site of the proposed Westgate
shopping centre extension, Peter Tatchell, the Green Party
parliamentary candidate for Oxford East, said:
"This is an outrageous act of environmental vandalism by the Liberal
"It makes a mockery of the Lib Dem's supposed commitment to green
issues. In Oxford, they are reckless, irresponsible tree-destroyers.
"Part of the Westgate development is still under judicial review.
There was no public consultation on the axing of these trees. In these
circumstances, this destruction is premature, unnecessary and has no
"Local councillors were not informed, which is contrary to the agreed
policy that they should be advised before any trees are felled.
"The aggressive behaviour of the police towards peaceful protesters is
deplorable. The arrest of Green Party councillor Deborah Glass-Woodin
looks like an abuse of police powers.
"According to an eye-witness, the police arrested Deborah on a public
pavement for trespass, roughly handcuffed her and dragged her
physically to a waiting van. She was detained for four hours," said Mr
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