Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Adani Protests to Ramp Up Anti-Coal Activists to Block Adani in Their Hundreds; Activists to Join a Massive Call to Arms

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Adani Protests to Ramp Up Anti-Coal Activists to Block Adani in Their Hundreds; Activists to Join a Massive Call to Arms

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Byline: Leighton Smith Leighton.Smith@capnews.com.au

IT MIGHT have only been four people and a dog protesting yesterday in Rockhampton, but a 'Red Alert' call to arms could muster an army of protesters to block progress at Adani's Carmichael coal mine.

Leading the protest in front of Resources Minister Matt Canavan's office was long time social activist Graeme Dunstan, 77, who said their humble demonstration was in solidarity with the Extinction Rebellion climate change protest movement.

Believing that the Earth was in the grip of a sixth mass extinction event, requiring enormous systemic change, the Extinction Rebellion group regarded civil disobedience as the fastest path to create change, consequently causing major disruptions and over 70 arrests in Brisbane's CBD on Tuesday.

While the local protest didn't feature attention grabbing civil disobedience, Mr Dunstan and other CQ activists will respond to a 'Red Alert' issued by environmental group Frontline Action on Coal (FLAC) yesterday, calling for protesters to converge on a protest camp west of Bowen to join in on action to blockade Adani.

Within the next few weeks, Mr Dunstan estimates hundreds will join the FLAC protest in the Galilee Basin - a number that could blow out into the thousands over the coming months.

"I am a long time peace activist and I know what works is direct action. The time for letters to the editor and petitions to parliament is over for coal," Mr Dunstan said.

"Now the people must act, put their bodies on the line and do what it takes, to bring the coal industry to account. This will require dedication, creativity and courage.

"Always acting without violence to other sentient beings and ever-ready to break laws that sustain injustice for future generations."

Mr Dunstan called on locals, both young and old, to get involved saying the "bravest, the best and the brightest will be there, the shapers of the post coal future, the ones who in the future will know that they resisted extinction and won. …

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