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The final person has been removed from a coal terminal in Newcastle, 9 and a half hours after activists completely closed down operations at all three coal terminals in the world's biggest coal port.
The 45 arrested include:
- 36 people who occupied the coal storage area at one of Newcastle's three coal terminals. These people were arrested by police and then released without charge.
- 4 people who locked themselves to ship-loading machinery using metal locking devices. These people were cut off by Police Rescue officers, taken into custody, and charged with Enter and Remain on Enclosed Lands (two charges each).
- 5 people who abseiled from the top of ship-loading machines. These people were removed by Police Rescue officers in cranes. The final climber was removed at about 3pm. Climbers were charged with Enter and Remain on Enclosed Lands (two charges).
The protest began at 5:30am this morning.
All this without any proof that burning coal causes Anthropogenic Global Warming.
Will we see Main Stream Media reports tonight regarding this act of anarchy?
Senator Lee Rhiannon has ties with this group. Will we see condemnation by her of this action?
In fact, on her official Senator site today we see the following twitter:
leerhianon: Newcastle Coal
port closed down by Rising
Tide activists. Another
courageous protest for real
action on #climatechange.
Far from condemnation! The Greens Senator is supporting illegal activity!
As one of our party members says: "I find it difficult to reconcile an Australian politician with a group that disrupts legal trade in the Port of Newcastle, as well as trying to shut down essential services such as an electrical power generation facility in the Hunter Valley last year."