All coal trains at the world’s biggest coal port in Newcastle have been stopped, after a ‘Blockade Australia’ activist scaled 20 metres of a structure this morning, blocking access to the port.
Zoe was suspended 20m up an electrical pylon at 6am this morning and is expected to stay for multiple hours. The 20-year-old is hanging on a rope tied to a monopole on the rail bridge that provides all access to the port.
This is the second of two actions this week which have shut down operations on the world’s biggest coal port to get in the way of the extractive Australian project.
Zoe is expected to be arrested as a result of causing hours of disruption to the functioning of the port, an integral piece of Australia’s economy.
The activist hung a banner calling for people to “Blockade Australia”.
‘Australia is a death cult driving global climate collapse,’ Zoe said.
‘This is a call for people to get in the way of it. Most people on this continent want change. Australia doesn’t. So we need to do it ourselves with direct action like this.
“Voting doesn’t work. This system doesn’t listen to people, only money. Only actions like this can disrupt the flow of money.
From June 27 next year, people will use actions similar to these to shut down Sydney for a week.