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Bodyguard required after felling of 'TV oak'

TT/Clara Guibourg · 3 Dec 2011, 10:33

Published: 03 Dec 2011 10:33 GMT+01:00

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Stockholm's hotly debated "TV oak" was finally felled last week, after weeks of tree huggers camping out and demonstrating by the 500 year-old oak which once stood proudly just outside national TV station SVT's main offices.

According to a SVT's regional news programme ABC, one employee at the city's traffic department is now under bodyguard protection, and several more staffers have been equipped with panic alarms.

"We've received some threats, that we've reported to the police and handed over to the security department," confirmed Mats Freij, press officer at the traffic department, to newspaper Dagens Nyheter (DN).

He was unwilling to comment further on the threats.

Meanwhile, remains of the felled "TV oak" have found a new home - with the baboons at outdoor museum and zoo Skansen in Stockholm.

"They've received it with great joy. They sit on it, jump around and gnaw. The bark is fresh and nice. The baboons have received it as a Christmas present," said Jonas Wahlström, head of the Skansen aquarium, to newspaper Metro.

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Most of the oak was buried on the island of Djurgården, but the largest branches ended up at the baboon rock at Skansen.

TT/Clara Guibourg (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

12:39 December 3, 2011 by spo10
Such a shame but it's for the safety of the pedestrians and traffic.
13:58 December 3, 2011 by Svensksmith
Who was guarding the oak?
14:07 December 3, 2011 by Frobobbles
What is good enough for baboons, with bark so "fresh and nice", wasn't good enough fro swedish television?
15:54 December 3, 2011 by Steggles
Had it been me who felled the tree I think I would be goining into hiding.

Now that the tree is gone I bet there will be accident after accident on that spot.
21:10 December 3, 2011 by dizzymoe33
The story still doesn't say if the tree was diseased or not and that was what lead to the decision to have the tree taken down?
10:29 December 4, 2011 by spo10

the tree was perfectly fine. it was cut down because it has been causing accidents in the area. as you can see, the tree's in the middle of the road.
12:13 December 4, 2011 by Steggles
Since when do you drive in the middle of the road.......how was it any different to a road barrier, road island, or traffic light, etc...etc....

Keep left or right!

Right as in Sweden's rules!
18:38 December 4, 2011 by jvtx3232
Why the baboons and not the varg or the jarv or the bjorn? They like trees too I bet.
20:24 December 4, 2011 by dizzymoe33

Thank you for answering my question. It is sad that there was nothing wrong with this tree except that someone decided it was in the way. Sad, sad...
07:37 December 5, 2011 by wabasha
they buried it? why not build some nice things out of it.
07:48 December 5, 2011 by Lavaux
The baboons were short-changed; the protesters should have been fed to the baboons. Seriously, anyone who threatens to kill a guy because he chopped down a tree has lost all perspective on the proper order of things, i.e. people are inherently more valuable than trees. But then the climate change cult values nature above human life, so one shouldn't be surprised.
11:01 December 5, 2011 by Steggles
It wont be nature that will kill human life..........man alone will destroy himself.
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