More than 100 activists arrested over blockade of world’s largest coal port

This weekend, Over a hundred climate activists have been arrested for blocking the Newcastle coal port (Australia), the largest of its kind in the world, during an action that lasted 30 hours. The protesters, armed with kayaks, surfboards and floats, took to the ocean to raise awareness of global warming the urgency to address the climate crisis.

A total of 109 people were arrested, including 49 men and 60 women. Five of those arrested were minors. and although they were released, the police announced that they would be treated as suspected juvenile offenders.

Two of the demonstrators, Johan Wurcker (65 years old) and Isaac Leonard (23 years old), They received fines of 650 and 600 Australian dollars or for the operation of a ship after the statutory protest period has expired. The rest of those arrested He will appear at Newcastle Magistrates Court on January 11, 2024.

The climate protection group flood has expressed his determination Continuation of the protests until state and federal governments take stronger action to combat climate change. “That is the option we are giving the government: either do their job and confront the industry that is causing the crisis, or People will continue to put themselves in situations like this.“Stated the group’s spokesman, Zack Schofield, as reported Australian television station “ABC”.

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