Tasmania Police has dropped an assault charge against Billy Rodwell, 23, who was jailed for three days after taking part in a peaceful protest in Tasmania’s Tarkine three weeks ago and expressed regret for his imprisonment with its consequent stress and inconvenience.
“Bob Brown Foundation welcomes this response to Billy Rodwell, from rural Victoria, who was touring Tasmania when he joined our peaceful protest against MMG’s proposed toxic tailings dam in the Tarkine rainforest. We were shocked and outraged that Billy was held in jail for three days on such an ill-founded assault charge,” Bob Brown Foundation’s Jenny Weber said.
“There is a long-held tradition of non-violent protest and our foundation is dedicated to continuing this tradition,” Jenny Weber said.
“There is a greater wrong here: this multinational miner is co-opting Tasmania Police to put a tailings dam in cathedral-like Tasmanian rainforest when it has better alternative sites,” Bob Brown said. “Premier Peter Gutwein should step in on MMG for a win-win outcome and let the police get on with their essential community work,” Bob Brown said.
Meanwhile, Billy Rodwell’s bail conditions which have detained him in Tasmania since his arrest will shortly be dropped. After bail conditions are dropped Billy is now free to go home to Victoria and see his family.
Media Release: Tasmania Police regrets imprisonment of Tarkine defender
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