DISCO DAVE'S TUNNEL GUIDE
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In the world of NVDA (Non Violent Direct Action) there are few defence tactics that can compare with the protest tunnel. Dangerous, laborious and time consuming, tunnelling is the ultimate and desperate tactic of desperate people in desperate times. For how can any but the truly insane wish to voluntarily spend days, weeks, even months, underground, for any other reason than that they profoundly believe that they are right? Laughed at, ridiculed and condemned by the media, the few that fight today's environmental war (be they above or below ground) must have the solace of knowing that at least history will treat them kindly. With so much precious countryside belonging to the many destroyed for the profit of the few how could it possibly be any different? Validity is given to this question when supposedly impartial Members of Parliament make financial gain as company directors on major environmentally destructive projects (i.e. Manchester airport in 1997).
It is not surprising when people, disillusioned by the failure of the so-called democratic proccess to address their concerns, feel pushed against the wall and decide to fight the battle by other means. From demonstrations to tree houses to tunnels, as the destruction of nature increases so will the intensity of resistance and the desperation of the methods employed.
The first protest tunnel in the UK was dug at the No M11 campaign in 1993 but this was not a true eviction tunnel in the sense that it was designed simply as an access to allow protestors to the site. Only in 1996, at the 3rd Battle of Newbury against the bypass camp, did the 1st tunnel designed to resist an eviction appear. Rendered inneffective by a faulty air fan, it was evicted with no one in it but the seed had been planted for future campaigns.
From Swampy's famous 7 day eviction at Fairmyle in 1996 to the 40 days underground at Essex 2000, tunnelling has evolved from just a way to stop the use of cherry pickers evicting trees to a whole new type of defence. Inspired by the infamous North Vietmanese tunnels at Cu Chi, from one campaign to the next, protest tunnels have grown larger and developed more elaborate defenses. Using tools no different from the valient Vietnamese communists and with an equally powerful enemy to defeat above them the tunnel protester of today has something to smile about - for didn't the Americans lose in Vietman?
This guide has been put on the net with the intention for it to be downloaded and printed out. It can then be distributed to the protest sites of your choice to be used as an on site reference manual. Click here for the index of chapters, download that first then print out each chapter in order from the index. Make sure the diagrams have downloaded before you print (shouldn't take long, they're small) - Happy tunnelling!
Teknopunx2000 would like to point out that the contents of this guide have been published to increase safety awareness. If you dig your own grave by disregarding the advice given and bury yourself alive cos you're an idiot don't blame us.
daviddragonetti (a) yahoo.com