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Coal activists facing trespass charges

Natan Shlomo and Lilli Barto blocked the railway line for five hours.

Two protesters who blocked a coal railway near Bowen in Queensland for five hours on Tuesday are facing trespass charges.

The pair locked their arms inside a concrete barrel on a railway line used by Aurizon to transport coal to Adani’s Abbot Point terminal.

Lilli Barto, a physics student, and Natan Shlomo, a youth worker, called on the Queensland Government to rule out funding for Aurizon.

Ms Barto said Queensland Labor said during the election campaign that they would veto ‘any NAIF loan’ that would enable Adani’s dirty coal project.

‘Funding Aurizon would be a back-door route to allow Adani to build the biggest coal mine in the southern hemisphere,’ she said.

Mr Shlomo said coal was fuelling catastrophic climate change.

We stand against the damage this would cause in the Galilee basin,” he said.

‘If Labor continue to turn a blind eye to the devastating cost of coal mining – they are complicit,’ he said.

Tuesday’s action was part of an ongoing campaign against the controversial Adani Carmichael mine, and followed on from last week when activists stopped a coal train heading for Adani’s coal port.

The pair are facing are trespass on a railway, interfere with a railway and contravene direction or requirement.

The group, Front Line Action on Coal, said it was  committed to sustained action against the Adani project.

 

 

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