Police have arrived at the Pieman River Blockade and issued move on orders to protestors defending ancient forests from Chinese state-owned MMG’s proposed toxic tailings dam in takayna /Tarkine.

Three arrests are underway as an intense Tasmania Police operation aims to remove the peaceful blockade to the proposed tailings site that is ancient rainforests.

“MMG are ignoring the community and scientific advice and pushing ahead with this toxic, acid producing tailings dam rather than a cleaner, safer paste fill option. They are preparing to destroy 285 hectares of verified National and World Heritage value rainforest and melaleuca forest to save a few dollars. That is the crime being perpetrated here”, said Bob Brown Foundation’s takayna / Tarkine Campaigner Scott Jordan.

“We will not stand by and allow this. I am confident that the Tasmanian community will stand up and join the 72 people arrested last year halting MMG’s illegal construction. MMG need to understand that today’s arrests are merely a starting point, not an end to these protests”.

“People can reach out to Bob Brown Foundation to join our ongoing effort”.

The blockade has held for 102 days this year and hosted over 600 defenders since January 2.

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  • Adam Burling
    published this page in Media Releases 2022-04-13 16:18:48 +1000