Aiko climbed a nine metre monopole this morning, tied across all five tracks at the biggest rail bottleneck of the Port of Melbourne.
“We need some radical change, we need some radical resistance against the exploitative system.”
“I’m here because I have seen that the state intentionally inflicts violence on the land and the people, and that those in power are profiting off this exploitation.
It’s important, as people, to take back that power, to resist something that is causing so much violence.”
Together we can act to stop this relentless destruction and create a system that supports and nurtures life. Getting there requires a determined and committed resistance movement that physically resists Australia at the most destructive points in its operating systems.
Jacinta jumped on top of a freight train at the Port of Melbourne today, halting its import/export operations.
The Port of Brisbane, Port of Newcastle and Port of Melbourne are three pieces of infrastructure that critical to Australia’s operations. Shutting them down halts global supply lines. These are growth-driven chains of destruction that are actively harming the climate and failing to provide the needs for any life to thrive.
This is what Jacinta had to say:
“Australia works within an extractive system that is literally killing our chances of survival. We need to reimagine a world we want to live in”.
“We do not have time to wait for the government and corporations. They are never going to do what we need to do to survive. The system is geared solely towards exponential economic growth and expansion. We can’t have exponential growth on a finite planet.”
This morning, Niamh (20) abseiled off the Footscray Rd Bridge, blocking six lanes of traffic and access to the Port of Melbourne, the biggest container port on the continent.
Niamh said: “Blockade Australia has no demands because you cannot demand anything from a system that is designed to extract and exploit. The system that will always put profit above acting on the climate crisis. This system is the problem and the only way to create change is to stop it.”
For the third consecutive day, activists have mobilised to blockade major ports across the continent. Ports are a critical part of the infrastructure of the Australian export economy. This is an organised response to Australia’s role in causing the climate and ecological crisis.
This morning, Munro (26) suspended themselves on a monopole at the gate of the Port of Melbourne, disrupting operations of the continent’s biggest port for several hours.
They said: “We’re in dire circumstances and I’m willing to put myself on the line to try to bring Australia’s climate destruction to an end.”
“This port is directly contributing to the climate and ecological collapse. When you realise the truth, that we are in such a desperate situation, then you need to come to grips with it and do something about it.”
The doctrine of infinite profit is tearing our future from us. Economic disruption has become vital for survival.
Power no longer only resides in governments and institutions – it is through the movement of goods and resources via roads, ports and rails that the current system is maintained. It is through the disruption of these flows that the system is challenged.
The doctrine of infinite profit is killing us. We’re here for self defence.
Munro: ‘We’re digging ourselves a hole and the port is a big part of the shovel. We need to put that shovel down’.
We are here for life, for earth and all her peoples.
Update: The legend known as Munro was in court the same day, he plead guilty and spoke for himself in court after refusing a lawyer, he convinced the court he did the right thing and was released without a conviction or a sentence.
This morning, Blockade Australia climate activist Brad Homewood has climbed a monopole to stop the operations of the Port of Melbourne, the largest port in Australia, on Boon Wurrung Country.
Simultaneously, other activists have blockaded the Newcastle Coal Port and the Port of Brisbane.
Blockading tactics such as these are necessary in obstructing Australia’s ongoing destruction of our liveable climate. An organised resistance movement is required to protect the conditions necessary for life.
“This system is doing exactly what it was set up to do, extract and exploit with a callous disregard for all forms of life. You can’t solve a problem with the same thinking that created it: we can’t vote our way out of this mess, the system cannot fix the system.”
Blockade Australia is an organised response to Australia’s active role in causing the climate and ecological emergency. This morning, three major ports across the continent have been blockaded, in order to coordinate major economic disruption to the Australian system.