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A week ago today the last of the camp was taken down and participants at Take Back the Land! were saying goodbye for now to our site on the edge of 350ha of bog and wet heath moorland – the proposed new Glentaggart East site. The camp was occupied on the evening of the 10th […]

Earlier today activists from Take Back the Land! visited Lord Home’s mansion in the Douglas Valley and opencasted his garden, hoping to bring the issues closer to home for him. Lord Home owns Mainshill and all of Glentaggart East which is currently being occupied by an action camp. Of course only some of the things […]

At 10:00 this morning a group of 45 activists invaded Scottish Coal’s Mainshill Open Cast Coal Site near Douglas, South Lanarkshire, and shut it down for the day. Machines including a “prime mover” were occupied and all work was stopped completely. This is the first action at Take Back the Land! – the action camp […]

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With Take Back the Land! up and running and fully-functional, we’re looking ahead to tomorrow’s mass action against the devastation of opencast coal in the Douglas Valley. Come down to the camp and get involved! Much more information here: http://takebacktheland.org.uk/

Yesterday evening we occupied Scottish Coal’s new opencast mine site in the Douglas Valley for Take Back the Land! – a week of action against the destruction of opencast mining. The camp will run until the 18th July and there will be a mass action on Saturday 14th July. There’s detailed directions to the camp […]

There’s just days to go until a week of action against opencast coal in the Douglas Valley – a place where the ruling class is crushing communities for their own financial gain, where ecological destruction is taking place on a massive scale for the profits of big energy companies and where absentee fat-cat land-lords make […]

In two weeks we’ll be setting up for 6 days of resistance to corporate rule in the Douglas Valley. We’ll be taking on the UK’s largest opencast coal mining company, landlord-aristocrat-banker Lord Home and South Lanarkshire Council – together they conspire to make a few people very wealthy, whilst communities are left disempowered, disenfranchised and […]

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There’s just less than a month to go before Take Back the Land! – the Douglas Valley’s action camp against opencast coal – and the struggle against corporate greed, fat-cat landlords and corrupt local government is heating up. We’ve got some good news: Scottish opencast operators are struggling to keep going as both of the […]

Yesterday the International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the World Health Organisation, upgraded its classification of diesel engine exhausts as carciongenic to humans, based on sufficient evidence that exposure to them is associated with an increased risk for lung cancer. According to the BBC, it is thought that people working in high-risk industries […]

Opencast coal mining in the Douglas Valley is about the ruling class destroying communities for their own financial gain. Its about ecological destruction on a massive scale for capitalism’s unquenchable thirst for cheap energy. Its about absentee fat-cat land-lords making millions off land that shouldn’t be theirs. Its about morally corrupt local (and national) government […]

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