Media Release: Forest defenders undeterred by proposed anti-protest laws

Works have again been halted as protests continue at the site of Chinese state-owned MMG’s proposed tailings dam in takayna / Tarkine. Teacher Karen Weldrick has locked onto the front of an MMG vehicle preventing it from entering the rainforest site and effectively blocking road access.

“Here I am in Australia’s largest remaining temperate rainforest. It’s an ancient and precious place that is home to many rare and endangered species. I am here in the cold and the pouring rain with my neck locked to a vehicle because the state has failed in its duty of care and is allowing this toxic tailings dam to proceed”, said Ms Weldrick.

This is the latest disruption to MMG’s planned operations in a sixteen month campaign.

“If Guy Barnett believes that his new, draconian, unjust laws will silence dissent he is mistaken. If he wants to follow the civil rights examples of China or Russia then he should note that citizens continue to protest and speak out. He can make Tasmania a pariah, but he will not stop these protests”, said Bob Brown Foundation takayna / Tarkine campaigner Scott Jordan.

“These ancient forests need protection, and we fear their loss more than we fear Barnett’s laws”.


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  • Adam Burling
    published this page in Media Releases 2022-05-06 09:44:44 +1000