Bob Brown Foundation’s largest non violent direct action campaign has resulted in forty eight citizens arrested, with seventeen in this last week. Our Foundation is calling for protection of takayna/Tarkine and mining company MMG to abandon shocking plans to build a heavy metals tailings dam in rainforests.
Following the arrests of three people, this morning protesters re-entered the site this afternoon resulting in two more arrests.
Occupational Therapist Ashlee Marano (34) and mother and musician Kellie Watkins (43) were arrested in the early afternoon after blocking road access to the site.
"I don't have any animosity towards MMG workers. Everyone deserves to make a living and I don't want to shut down the mine. I just want Minister Sussan Ley and the decision makers at MMG to deposit their toxic waste somewhere that doesn't involve the destruction of 285 hectares of ancient rainforest", said Ms Marano.
"As a mother, I am here today because I have a voice and I need to speak up, to represent all the youth. Their global grief is too much for me to be bear, so I sing peacefully in protest. Grow strong, Grow tall, Grow older, we will not let you fall", said Ms Watkins.
"Members of the public are flocking to the defence of these ancient rainforests. MMG should take note that this project does not have, and will not have a social license", said Bob Brown Foundation takayna/Tarkine Campaigner Scott Jordan.