LONDON (AP) – Stonehenge’s prehistoric monument in southern England was closed to visitors on Saturday, as dozens of protesters staged atrocities against the British government’s road-building plans, including a new tunnel near the World Heritage Site Was.
The protesters, who described themselves as a coalition of local residents, ecologists, activists, archaeologists and pagans, gathered at Stonehenge around midnight.
English Heritage, a national charity that manages hundreds of historic sites, soon decided to close visitors to Stonehenge “due to unforeseen circumstances” and said it would be difficult for anyone to enter the memorial area without his consent Was against the law.
A spokesman for English Heritage said, “We respect the right of people to perform peacefully, we do not condone behavior that disrupts the site and the people who visit or work here.”
Wiltshire Police, the local police force, said the “small” protests “passed peacefully” and led to no arrests.
“As long as we are grateful that the protest was peaceful and it quickly dispersed, we want to remind the public that it is against the law to persecute stones,” the police force said in a statement.
The protest comes less than a month after the government supported the 1.7 billion-pound ($ 2.3 billion) tunnel plan. Tunnels near Stonehenge intended to ease traffic along the stretch of the A3030 highway that is widely prone to gridlock.
The decision has faced vocal opposition from local residents as well as archaeologists. Opponents, who have initiated legal action against the project, say the tunnel will cause underground damage to the environment, wildlife and potential archaeologists.
Demonstrators are voicing their concerns about the government’s 27 billion-pound road-building program, which they say is against their objectives of reducing greenhouse gases.
Dan Hopper, an environmental activist better known as Dream, “is going to come with people who are saying we have enough.” “Building more roads leads to more traffic and carbon.”
Stonehenge, one of the most famous prehistoric monuments in the world, was built on the flat land of the Salisbury Plain in phases beginning 5,000 years ago, with the unique stone circle dating back to the late Neolithic period, around 2,400 BCE. Was made
The meaning of the site has been the subject of vigorous debate, some more clearly than others. The English Heritage noted several explanations over the centuries – from the Stonehenge to the coronation site for Danish kings or a Druid temple to a cult center for healing or an astronomical computer for predicting eclipses and solar events.
Charity said the interpretation “is the most commonly accepted one that is a prehistoric temple aligning with the movements of the Sun.”