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COAL TRAIN BOUND FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE BLOCKADED BY LOCAL AREA CLIMATE PROTESTERS AT AYER, MA
Nonviolent Direct Action Is Second Blockade of Same Coal Train, Following Blockade in Worcester Hours Earlier
Ayer, MA — Local area climate protesters with the grassroots New England #NoCoalNoGas campaign (NoCoalNoGas.org) blockaded a freight train transporting coal to the Merrimack Generating Station in Bow, NH. The blockade is part of an ongoing effort, organized by the Climate Disobedience Center and grassroots coalition partners, to shut down the last major coal plant in New England in response to the climate emergency. In September, 67 protesters were arrested at the plant in Bow.
The nonviolent blockade now underway in Ayer, with the train stopped on the freight-only line south of the MBTA tracks — no passenger rail traffic is disrupted — follows close on the heels of a similar blockade by student protesters in Worcester only hours before. More blockades are planned.
More than 20 local-area climate activists are involved in the Ayer blockade, including members of 350 Massachusetts Action, Sugar Shack Alliance, and Extinction Rebellion, with supporters from around the region. Those blocking the tracks are prepared to be arrested.
Organizers emphasize that the blockade has been carried out safely and responsibly, according to established railroad safety procedures, and is entirely peaceful.
“No Coal Trains thru Mass.! You Shall Not Pass!” reads one of the protest signs.
Another reads: “No Coal, No Gas! We Love Our Kids! You Shall Not Pass!”
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