A young activist is on a bipod erected on the rail bridge, hanging over the river this brave person has halted all operations at Newcastle coal port, the most significant economic bottleneck of the world’s largest coal port. They are on Kooragang Rail Bridge blocking the coal rail line on stolen, unceded Awabakal and Worimi Country.
“Australia was established through brutal genocide with the sole purpose of extracting wealth. That’s exactly what is still happening today.”
“The colonial project, known as “Australia”, will always protect itself instead of the people. The legal avenues of change currently presented to us only facilitate Australia’s protection of itself, and its priority to incentivise the accumulation of wealth. This priority is perpetuated culturally – through individualism, climate denial, and illusion of meritocracy.”
“Direct action like this shakes up the current system and “business as usual”. We are taught that power is only accessible to few individuals in “special” and “authorised” places. Everyday people are feeling disenfranchised and disempowered. We’re breaking that down by building a resistance movement that disrupts pinch-points in this destructive machine. We all have the power to disrupt and transform the colonial project, known as “Australia”.”
This is part of a coordinated mobilisation in response to Australia’s facilitation of the climate and ecological crisis, and its active blocking of impactful action towards a safe climate.
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Update: After over 4 hours of coal trains backing up to the Hunter Valley mines, NSW Police Rescue removed the structure and have arrested the activist for trespassing.
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