Protesters break into Newcastle’s coal loading facility despite police commissioner’s jail warning

NSW Police Chief has warned coal activists disrupting train movements in NSW Hunter Valley could risk 25 years behind bars.

The group Blockade Australia returned to the port of Newcastle this morning and stopped operations for a ninth day in a row.

Yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce estimated that the ongoing protests have disrupted $ 60 million in coal exports.

Protester Adrian took to social media from inside the coal loading facility, where he said he pressed an emergency stop button before crossing his fingers.

“My plan is to go and hide somewhere in the big hallways, there are four of those hallways, and they run for 2 miles each, so I just want to go and get lost down there,” Adrian said.

Seventeen people have been arrested for similar acts since November 5th.

The side of a fist hits buttons on a wall inside a coal loading facility.
Adrian filmed himself from inside the facility and told social media that he is likely to be remanded in custody and “the law will take over from there”.(Delivered: Blockade Australia)

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said protests would not be tolerated.

“The ongoing protests endanger public safety and endanger the lives of all those who use the railway network.”

“This is in addition to the various violations and railway crimes that several protesters have been accused of since Friday, November 5th.

PolAir and the Public Order and Riot Squad have joined local police in surveillance today during the new Strike Force Tuohy.

“[They] stand ready to target anyone involved in this dangerous and criminal behavior and will not hesitate to take the necessary steps, “said Commissioner Fuller.


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