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Veteran campaigner Swampy praises Extinction Rebellion protesters

The eco-warrior became famous in the 1990s after living in an underground tunnel while protesting against a road scheme.

Roads protester Swampy during the campaign against the A30 bypass in 1997 (Barry Batchelor/AP)
Roads protester Swampy during the campaign against the A30 bypass in 1997 (Barry Batchelor/AP)

By Rod Minchin, PA

A veteran eco-warrior who made his name during a series of environmental campaigns in the 1990s has said the Extinction Rebellion protests gives him “hope”.

Daniel Hooper, 46, who was known as Swampy, became a national figure after living underground for a week in a tunnel protesting against the rerouting of the A30 in Devon.

We need People’s Assemblies to decide what to do, this is a state of emergency Swampy

Hooper, who now lives in West Wales, was also involved in a series of high-profile environmental campaigns, also targeting the M11, Newbury bypass and Manchester Airport.

He told ITV News: “My beliefs are the same as they always were and I did have a quiet 10 years, almost to the point where you have apathy towards how we can change things, then Extinction Rebellion started happening.

“You think there is hope and I believe there is hope and now everyone need to think about what we are doing, governments needs to change, companies need to change.

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Protesters who have set up camp on Whitehall during an Extinction Rebellion (XR) protest (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

“We need People’s Assemblies to decide what to do, this is a state of emergency.”

Hooper had earlier been fined £40 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £32 surcharge after appearing before magistrates in Haverfordwest.

He pleaded guilty to wilful obstruction of a highway after blocking a road to the Valero Pembroke Refinery during a protest last month.

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