Maidstone seems to be turning into a hotspot for progressive politics and exciting issues. Last month was the new NO2ID group, Kent's first under 18s LGBT night tonight, Palestinian rights campaigners a few doors up from me, and yesterday the Kingsnorth six went on trial at Maidstone Crown Court.
The Greenpeace direct action team painted GORDON on the chimney at Kingsnorth power station (the words BIN IT were to follow) last year and they are being prosecuted for criminal damage. The defence is that it was to protect lives, a worthy defence. There are some high profile defence witnesses lined up for the trial.
The trial stated yesterday and Greenpeace are blogging on its progress and local Greens will be visiting the trial over the next two weeks. Good luck Greenpeace!
The trial could make legal history and be a welcome boost for non-violent direct action.
Non-violent direct action is so much more exciting than non-vilent direct mail!