The Crown has dropped charges of resisting arrest against three of the defendants and is looking at dropping charges of trespass against Bob Brown and Jenny Weber altogether. The cases were adjourned till 10 June 2021.
Two protesters appearing over the Artec Woodchip mill demonstration at Bell Bay north of Launceston also had their cases adjourned.
“What we are seeing is the power of the High Court judgment in 2018 that peaceful protest is a right in our representative democracy. And with that is the recent Supreme Court finding that citizens have a right to be their state forests regardless of the Gutwein government’s wish to lock them out,” Bob Brown said.
“Our peaceful protests for Tasmania’s native forests and wildlife will continue despite both Liberal and Labor parties wanting Tasmanians to vote against native forest protection,” Bob Brown Foundations Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said