Adani faces heated opposition with activists taken into custody

Anti-coal activists allegedly assaulted an employee of a contractor at Adani Australia’s rail construction site north of Clermont in Queensland.

The incident happened in the presence of other employees, and saw the Queensland Police Service (QPS) taking the activists into custody yesterday.

Charges have been laid in relation to the event, but Adani is waiting for confirmation as to the specific charges, according to its media statement.

“Our priority is the safety and well-being of our employees and contractors at all times,” an Adani Mining spokesperson said.

“As we have repeatedly said, everyone is entitled to voice their opinion provided they do so in a way that is legal, safe and respectful, and does not put themselves, employees, contractors or community members in harm’s way.

“These actions taken by anti-coal activists were not peaceful or safe, and put simply this type of behaviour is unacceptable.”

Adani will continue to provide any assistance required for QPS to complete its investigation, its media statement read.

Activities on Adani’s rail site are also continuing in line with its construction delivery schedule, along with the construction works on the mine site.

Adani has been facing increased opposition to its coal operations, with engineering company Aurecon ultimately cutting its ties with the company last month despite having been Adani’s contractor for over two decades.

Adani stated in its media statement the company was not aware of any commercial issues or disputes between itself and Aurecon.

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) chief executive Ian Macfarlane urged the industry to stand up against “bullying tactics of anti-resources activists, most of who rely on the very industry they demonise for their everyday lives.”

“The QRC backs our resources workers and we hope to see everyone in our great industry do the same,” Macfarlane concluded.

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