Media Release: Tasmania’s rainforest defence continues in takayna / Tarkine

Citizens have reoccupied takayna / Tarkine’s Helilog Rd overnight blocking access to Chinese state-owned miner MMG, as the company seeks to continue illegal roadworks activity.

Jeweller Olive Capurso (22), supported by a small team of concerned citizens, has attached to the road to prevent MMG’s vehicles from entering the site of their proposed toxic tailings dam.

“I am choosing to lock on here today to stop MMG destroying takayna. I am so grateful to be able to visit this forest and hope that I can inspire more people to join this fight,” said Ms Capurso.

Eighty four protestors have been arrested preventing MMG access since May 2021, making it Tasmania’s largest sustained direct action campaign since the Franklin Blockade of 1982-83.

“This campaign continues to grow and gain momentum every day. More people are learning about MMG’s plans and they are horrified. Horrified at the loss of Masked Owls and their breeding habitat, horrified at the loss of ancient rainforest and horrified at the loss of World Heritage value landscapes,” said Bob Brown Foundation takayna Campaigner Scott Jordan.

“But most importantly, in the face of that horror, they are moved to action.”

“We urge everyone who is horrified by MMG’s plans to join us in a sustained campaign of non-violent direct action to stop MMG. We have held them out seventeen months so far, and we are just warming up.”

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  • Adam Burling
    published this page in Media Releases 2022-06-02 10:20:26 +1000