Thirteen takayna defenders turned up at court this week to face charges after participating in protests earlier this year in takayna / Tarkine with Bob Brown Foundation. There were no charges to answer and they were told to leave the court. The thirteen are among seventy citizens who were arrested after protesting against the proposed heavy metals tailings dump by Chinese state-owned mining company MMG. One of the protesters facing court this week was renowned Tasmanian writer and scholar, Pete Hay.
“Our Foundation welcomes that the charges have been dropped against these thirteen takayna defenders. The protection of Australia’s largest temperate rainforests and prevention of illegal works in a World Heritage value area should not be left to the citizens however when there is a threat of destruction of these incredible ecosystems we will be there with the community to defend and protect takayna,” Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.