The Fylingdales base sits high in the North Yorkshire Moors, by name a Royal Air Force base, but in practice the huge pyramidal radar that dominates the stark landscape is a critical component for U.S. nuclear and space warfare planning. A peace camp was established there last May, and on Saturday, August 24, a protest action of mass trespass was repeated a second time after police simply released all those arrested on the main road.
That same day, two women, Sylvia Boyes and TJ, were arrested as they walked their dogs along an adjacent public footpath. Military police nonetheless claimed jurisdiction, releasing TJ later Saturday and holding Boyes until the following Monday. In court, the crown presented no evidence and Boyes' charge was dismissed, while TJ pled not guilty later in the week and has a pretrial scheduled for October 2.
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Elsewhere around the American bases in Britain, Lindis Percy was again charged with violating byelaws affecting Menwith Hill, a strategic listening post staffed mostly by the U.S. National Security Agency. This time, she was cited while enjoying a summer overnight under the stars, on the base. Percy and others have long - and at times successfully - challenged these special laws that limit British commoner's rights around military bases. Percy was also recently charged with trespass at RAF Fairford, where she protested the presence of a U.S. B-1 stealth bomber at an air show, holding an inverted American flag inscribed with "Independence From America."
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