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On Wednesday, mining minister Anthony Roberts emerged from a meeting with Metgasco to dub many of the gasfield opponents camped at Bentley ‘extremists’.

Local videographer Darmin Cameron recently travelled to the protests site to see for himself just how extreme they are.

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  1. Thank you, Darmin and Paris, for offering a realistic portrayal of the many and varied protectors who frequent the Bentley Blockade, for at that site, on ‘the disputed plains, you will find a wonderful assortment of farmers, teachers, Elders, youths, aged, public servants, self-employed, long-haired and short. Just people. You and me people. Wonderful, responsible, caring people, and the more the merrier.

    Sheer people power can and will stop this Metgasco fiasco. They, who would still call this country a democracy, simply can’t be seen to arrest, charge and imprison the overwhelming majority who are opposed to Metgasco’s incursion into our prime agricultural lands, our food basin, and our homes. They can’t be seen to arrest every person who stands up for basic human rights. They daren’t manhandle ordinary people for for protecting our land, lives and what is, essentially, our liberty – the freedom to breathe clean air, drink clean water, eat healthy food.

    That choice, our health, our future, is the common denominator in this wonderful bunch of so-called ‘extremists’! Scary, aren’t we?!

  2. Good call. Perhaps some interviews with the religious extremists that have now taken over NSW ie Sir Baird and his Holy factional apostles would put things in balance. How sweet the biblical irony that the NSW Libs have been reborn this Easter. Earthalujah. Can we crowdsource these interviews please?

  3. If these protestors seem extreme, they have to be to get the Metgasco and the governments to listen to what ordinary people feel and think about fracking on the land and how dangerous it can be to the water supply , earth and everything that lives and breaths in the country, possible on the whole earth who knows. Surely they have children and grandchildren of their own, give the next generation a chance to have good water, clean air and healthy land.

  4. This is the consciousness of those who seek political power. Another one to go. All politicians should be made to read the Tao Ti Ching.

  5. Let’s not forget that if the government listened to the people and the gas companies had the science on their side that proved beyond doubt (as it should) then such “extremism” would not be necessary!


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