A terrifying moment when the demonstrator narrowly escapes being crushed by a 100-year-old native tree he was trying to protect
- Steve Abel, an experienced environmentalist, would climb trees to protect them
- On Tuesday, he escaped an injury when a 100-year-old tree fell on the tree he was in
- Abel and other protesters protect the trees in Auckland’s Avondale
A demonstrator is lucky to be alive after escaping serious injuries when a 100-year-old tree fell on him while trying to save him.
Steve Abel, an experienced environmentalist, tried to protect a dozen trees on Canal Rd, Avondale in Auckland from cutting down on Tuesday morning, as part of a protest that had been going on for the past two weeks.
But it took a horrifying turn when a chainsaw fell on another tree that contained Mr. Abel.
For the past two weeks, Steve Abel (pictured) and other protesters would climb trees to ensure they were not cut down
Shocking images show the moment when the tree fell to Mr. Abel as he narrowly escaped crushing.
Shouting could be heard as police officers walked away to avoid injury.
Mr. Abel said he was “okay” and stayed in the tree earlier despite the horrific circumstances, NZ Hearld reported.
Abel has urged the Auckland Council to protect the native trees and purchase the land to ensure that they are not cut.
“It is absolutely a mockery that dozens of mature, native trees can simply be cut down without any protection,” he said.
“It’s a blatant blot on the board that they didn’t do anything.”
A city spokesman said they had no intention of buying the land.
According to a report submitted to the Committee on the Environment and Climate Change, Auckland has lost 10 percent of its native trees through development.
A tree that was cut fell on the tree that Mr. Abel was doing to get the police to flee