These #twitternotes were originally posted 21 September 2019 on Day 9 of fieldwork. These tweets describe the Dover Blockade, Extinction Rebellion’s blockade of the Dover Port to raise awareness of food (in)security in a changing climate. The thread can also be accessed on twitter. And one of these tweets was picked up by The Guardian.
1/ Day 9. London. A very sleepy good morning from Southwark. Somewhere around Elephant & Castle. These beautiful small apartment blocks are eclipsed by more recent large-scale development and are like little brick islands in a sea of a glass and traffic junctions. #LAXLAB
3/ Have slept 6 hours or less each night so far on my travels and I’m starting to slow down a bit. Intense photographic fieldwork is exhausting! I missed the train I hoped to get so I am enjoying a moment of détente and some coffee before the next one. Also, a bit of reading …
4/ Where to?, you ask. To the seaside, of course. For a blockade.
5/ So beautiful. Bits of white chalk peaking through. Approaching Dover.
6/ In Dover. It is the most gorgeous autumn day. The perfect birthday weather. I have zero clue where I am going. Must be on the right track as I’ve just passed a bunch of #ExtinctionRebelion [sic] posters. Worst case, I have a picnic on the beach.
7/ Well then, definitely in the right place as I have just been issued a Section 14 breach of public order warning by police. Just for walking with my camera. If I leave the designated area, I can be arrested. #ExtinctionRebellion #Dover #Blockade
8/ I’m in the designated area, an encampment overlooking the sea. Lots of police, given that this is a blockade of a major port. It’s difficult to know what’s happening at the blockade which is some distance away. Arrests highly likely. #ExtinctionRebellion #XR #DoverBlockade
12/ A delicate balancing act between respecting those being disrupted and those doing the disrupting, says Kent Police.
13/ Sometimes good to take a peaceful moment and get your feet wet. I would have gone for a swim. The sea is actually warmer than the Oslo Fjord!