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October 4, 2022

Criminalising protest

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They join the NSW government’s recent descent into totalitarianism by criminalising protest, with new NSW laws of a $22,000 fine and two years in jail, now being faced by a Lismore woman for blocking a road in a climate change protest. The NSW government won’t be jailing themselves for their part in their continuing facilitation of more carbon pollution, which incites higher intensity flooding, such as the floods that recently blocked Sydney’s roads, and has incited deaths and destruction from higher intensity bush fires and other floods.  

These two-faced government bodies, instead of acting for us, are continuing to proactively incite, facilitate, and progress our descent into a global heating nightmare, even in the face of our recent documented State of the Environment Report of a collapsing Australian environment. And they will arrest you if you inconvenience their ongoing sabotage of a liveable future. 

Democracy, and the capacity of future generations to survive on this planet, are on the table. How should we respond?

John Lazarus, Byron Bay 


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1 COMMENT

  1. When the mandate protests were happening, people were calling for the government to lock them up. Well they listened. Now if your protest against the government isn’t pre-approved by that government, you get locked up.

    Now people want laws against mis-information. So when the government says knocking down that bunch of Koala trees won’t affect Koala numbers, and you write something online disagreeing with that, off to jail you go.

    Once your finished learning about the 1st amendment, they will start teaching you why that 2nd amendment was written. Numbers 3-10 will be a interested ride also.

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