Fires on the tracks, which the police dared not put out


"Anyone over there want to talk?" There was no response at first, as the protesters/blockaders were having what looked like a cigarette break, keeping warm around a fire in an old oil drum. The police officers, keeping a respectful distance from the other side, then retreated into the blackness of the early night. The protesters seemed then to take notice, and threw a half dozen more tires on the tracks.

That would be no; no one wanted to talk. The acrid cloud of burning rubber had a whiff of environmental pollution to it.