Anti-coal activists unite to support Whitehaven hoaxer

Anti-coal lobbyists yesterday voiced their support for fellow activist Jonathan Moylan, protesting outside a Melbourne ANZ branch.

Moylan is currently being investigated by ASIC for his part in last week's Whitehaven Coal press release hoax which temporarily wiped $314 million from the value of the company.

The protesters played dead in ANZ’s Bourke St Mall branch and were carried out on stretchers by members of the Quit Coal group who were dressed as paramedics, the Herald Sun reported.

Commentating the protest was comedian Rod Quantock, who told onlookers the bodies represented victims of climate changes and accused ANZ of funding makor coal projects.

Quit Coal spokeswoman Chloe Aldenhoven said it was important fellow activists showed support for Moylan.

"We're here in support of Jonathan Moylan and his action which brought to people's attention that ANZ have been funding coal projects that are fuelling catastrophic climate change,'' she said.

"We think it was an important act of civil disobedience and the costs incurred by day traders are insignificant when you consider the cost of cleaning up climate disasters and the cost to the community of the droughts and bushfires we've seen in the last few years."

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