A group of activists from the Galilee Blockade group took over the foyer of the Adani HQ at Eagle Street in Brisbane yesterday saying they wouldn’t leave until they were arrested.
After three and a half hours blocking the building’s lift access and engaging staff, 12 people in total were arrested and removed by police, the youngest a 47-year-old father of four and the oldest a 74-year-old grandmother of four.
The group refused to leave the building and were arrested for ‘breaching the peace’.
The disruptive action marks the beginning of Dob In Adani campaign, a project for activists to obtain hidden information about Adani and their contractors.
Galilee Blockade spokesperson Ben Pennings was one of the people arrested, Pennings said this was just the beginning. ‘Hundreds of Queenslanders got arrested to save Fraser Island and the Daintree rainforest,’ he said. ‘Thousands will get arrested to protect our climate, the Great Barrier Reef and the Great Artesian Basin.’
Pennings says Adani hide details of their insurer and major contractors because a majority of Queenslanders are opposed to their disastrous thermal coal mine. ‘Large companies working with Adani risk reputational damage but also costly protests.
‘We will use information we are given to regularly blockade the operations of corporations in bed with Adani.’
The Galilee Blockade is encouraging people to Dob In Adani at www.galileeblockade.net.