Peter Brennan, Mullumbimby
I have just returned from the CSG blockade at Doubtful Creek where I witnessed a number of events that illustrate the moral bankruptcy of both the CSG industry and the O’Farrell government, which facilitates the industry’s attack on the northern rivers community. First, the Aboriginal flag was ripped down and ground into the dirt by a front-end loader during the police operation. Then an ambulance trying to get to a woman who had been injured in the same operation was held up for ten minutes by police, despite the pleas of protesters, so that Metgasco’s trucks didn’t have to wait to get into our state forest. Finally, in full view of the police, a number of these truck drivers rammed protesters’ cars, which were legally parked on the side of the road, and the police did nothing to stop the trucks involved.
Peter Henderson, CEO of Metgasco, has made a practice of claiming, without a skerrick of evidence, that anti-CSG residents have been violent and intimidating, and have destroyed property. This is the same Peter Henderson who labelled a poll conducted by the Australian Electoral Office as ‘fraudulent’. From what I saw, all the violence, intimidation and property destruction comes from Metgasco and the government.
The property destruction was overseen by the NSW Police – dozens and dozens of them in fact.
It was a hit-and-run accident, and the NSW Police should have treated it as such and arrested the truck driver involved immediately and charged them as anyone else would have been.
The actions of the NSW Police are taking this into a very dark place.
You betcha Mate, What else can one expect from ‘thugs bussed in from Sydney’. By the way these are the same sort of thugs that killed the fellow in pitt st with tasers for allegedly stealing a packet of biscuits & shooting & killing Ronnie on Bondi beach.