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The anti-coal protest that stopped traffic in the Melbourne CBD on Saturday (June 30). Photo supplied

As part of a 30-hour demonstration at the Flinders Street Station intersection, members of Frontline Action on Coal Melbourne (FLAC Melbourne), showed their displeasure at the government by baring their backsides under the clocks at Flinders St Station.

The five men took the dramatic action to call on the government to put an end to all new coal mines. A spokesperson for the group said, ‘It’s time to draw a red line on the environmental destruction, corruption and lies of the coal industry.’

‘We apologise to anyone offended by the image, but we are determined to do whatever it takes to end our use of fossil fuels. While some may find it offensive, we find the inaction by our government as even more offensive’.

The Melbourne action was part of a widespread National Day of Action to finally draw a red line on all new coal projects, and comprised more than 20 simultaneous actions being staged across Australia on June 29 and 30, including banner drops, blockading of Wagners (Adani airport contractor), railway blockade (Acland), street parties, and rallies.

Tipping point crossed

The group (FLAC) is striving for a safe climate and the diverse and creative events were held over the weekend to demonstrate to the government and the fossil fuel industry that Australians have had enough of coal and want a safe and secure future environment.

We have crossed a climate tipping point and it will take concerted, nonviolent, civil resistance to tip it back. At the end of this financial year, Australians are drawing a #RedLine on coal.’

 


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1 COMMENT

  1. What a ‘turn off’… maybe it’s supposed to mean just that – as well,
    Melbourne’s weather isn’t kind. Still, seeing the women rotating 30
    hours of a near freezing giant banner-protest made it clear into the
    finals. NO ADANI or NEW COAL. Please note – I’m a member of
    Frontline Action on Coal & I don’t have a member because I wasn’t
    born with one. Now, let’s follow the Red Line.

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