Violence is never the answer: logger in court for assaulting forest protester in Tasmania

Today in Hobart Magistrates Court, a logger was handed a good behaviour bond, with no conviction, for assaulting a forest protester.  In 2013, peaceful protests were held to oppose the logging of World Heritage forests in Butlers Gorge.  Just weeks before these forests were listed as World Heritage, they were still being logged.

During these protests, a protester was punched in the head by a logger.  The incident occurred in the town of New Norfolk, many kilometres from the protest site.
"Violence is never acceptable in our society. We are non-violent protesters and yet we face ongoing violence by some in the logging industry while conducting peaceful protests. There is never an excuse for violence and this was another occasion in the long history of protesters being physically assaulted while peacefully defending the environment in this age of destruction,” the Bob Brown Foundation’s Jenny Weber said today.
"In Tasmania we have a Government which has passed the worst and most draconian laws in the country against protests, pending passage through the Upper House in the coming weeks. It is astounding that there is not a crackdown on violence perpetrated against peaceful citizens practicing their democratic right to defend nature. Instead protesters are being demonised in Tasmania, as a dangerous precedent is set by the Liberal Government in an attack on democracy."
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  • Steven Chaffer
    published this page in Media Releases 2014-08-04 12:22:53 +1000