NSW police have formed Strike Force Tuohy to prevent illegal protests on train lines in the Hunter and Newcastle regions.
Police Secretary David Elliott said the demonstration is “nothing short of economic vandalism”.
“Police are taking a zero-tolerance approach to those who want to infiltrate our rail network,” he said.
Elliott said police have received legal advice that offenders can now risk up to 25 years in prison.
“We have also received legal advice to suggest that those who endanger their own lives and the lives of the railway network could risk up to 25 years in prison.”
Politiet har beskæftiget sig med igangværende ulovlige protester, der har forstyrret både pendler- og kultog omkring Newcastle.
Authorities said cars had been put across the railway tracks as part of the protests.
“When you see people putting cars on the rail network that could potentially endanger lives, I’m telling you what, we’ll throw everything at you to make sure this does not happen,” said Deputy Prime Minister Paul Toole.
“You have the right to protest, but if you think putting a car on the rail network is a way to protest safely, then you have a real shock on the way.”
NSW Police Force Assistant Commissioner Peter McKenna said these are not “peaceful protesters”.
“We beg these people to understand that you have had your moment in the sun, you have had your protest, and now it’s time to move on, because if you do not, you will face the full force of the law, “said Mr. said McKenna.
McKenna said police do not apologize for the strong approach.
Officers have arrested 18 people since Nov. 5 in connection with illegal protests, which police claim are all members of the same group.
Sir. McKenna added that some of the protesters are traveling from the interstate.
A Victorian woman was arrested at 06.00 yesterday at the railway corridor at Maitland Road in Sandgate.
She was taken to Waratah Police Station, where she was charged.
The 28-year-old received bail and will appear in Newcastle Local Court today.
Strike Force Tuohy will continue to “prevent and disrupt” illegal protests on the rail network.
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