Extinction Rebellion protesters climb 150ft crane in ‘hunger strike’

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The activist, known as Rebel Leayn, 34, climbed the crane at Euston station rail works on Saturday, day three of Extinction Rebellion protests.

In a tweet, Twitter account Hs2Rebellion said Rebel is “now on hunger strike at the top” of the crane and is frustrated at “the ruin” it has caused to the countryside.

She is believed to have entered the HS2 compound immediately outside Euston Station and scaled the 150ft crane.

Rebel also dropped a banner which reads "HS2 is corrupt" and told the Twitter account "we need to end HS2" as it is making "1000s homeless."

She said: "We need to end #HS2 & the ruin it has caused, its ruining lives making 1000s homeless, it’s ruining our countryside….it's 10 times more expensive per mile than high speed rail elsewhere, and it’s ruining our future by accelerating the Climate & Ecological Emergency when we must apply the brakes!"

Earlier this week, other HS2 protestors climbed trees in Parliament Square in a bid to stop the railway network.

Like Renee, they released banners from the top, which read "our Amazon," and are known to call themselves to tree protectors.

Hundreds of people have flocked to the streets of London to protest against the railway, which began construction early September.

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Several protestors doused he Department of Transport with fake blood and paraded a bleeding tree carcass at the Home Office & DEFRA.

The new railway is a follow up to HS1, which was finished in 2012 ahead of the Olympics and dubbed the "Javelin" train.

HS2 is expected to cost around £100bn to build and has sparked controversy as it will take 20 years to complete the construction process.

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Defending the line, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: "HS2 is at the heart of our plans to build back better.

"As the spine of our country’s transport network, the project will be vital in boosting connectivity between our towns and cities.

“But HS2’s transformational potential goes even further.

"By creating hundreds of apprenticeships and thousands of skilled jobs, HS2 will fire up economic growth and help to rebalance opportunity across this country for years to come."

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