After all the action on Friday 7th October, the state of play was one fig tree with two limbs removed…….
In the meantime, the protesters have made more adornments for the barricades, and by Tuesday morning….
…an extra ring of fencing is partially erected, apparently to make it easier for workers to get in and out of Laman Street.
On Tuesday afternoon, Save Our Figs organised another rally, this time on the steps of City Hall.
There was a single counter-protester, wanting the figs to be chopped down.
More speeches made.
On Wednesday morning (12th October), the final gaps in the outer ring of fencing were being filled.
A few protesters delayed the process by sitting down on Gallery land so that they’d be inside the barrier. By this time TV and news reporters had arrived.
A bit of negotiation ensued, with the protesters being asked to move of Gallery land. At one point it was suggested a survey be made so they could know where they could move to.
A little bit later a CFMEU organiser arrived, gave a speech. Didn’t really have much to say about figs…
Cops had better things to do today.
I have a feeling there is going to be Part 3 to this saga.
Any Novocastrian must surely know about the saga of the Laman Street Fig Trees. Today, that story reached it’s climax….
Before dawn, 6 protestors chained themselves to fig trees or lightposts in Laman St, ahead of the anticipated chainsaws….
Police were on the scene early.
By 8AM, the beginning of the protest was evident.
Photographs were being taken in both directions.
At around 9AM, Police Negotiators arrived to speak to the protestors.
Maintain the Rage!
Despite OHS requirements, the police at first had no safety gear – this issue was raised by the protestors….
The rescue squad arrived with hard hats!
No protest is quite complete without a guitarist singing protest songs.
Bananas were delivered for sustenance for the protestors.
The Rescue Squad commenced removal of the protestors…
The crowd was not impressed, and just started shouting louder.
A bit of a scuffle started, with the arrival of the chainsaws….
….more pics to come….