ANZ HQ in lock-down as fossil fuel protest gets “aggressive”

The head office of ANZ is in lock-down as around 80 people protest the bank’s funding of fossil fuel projects.

A spokesperson for ANZ sad the protest was “getting aggressive” with activists allegedly blocking access to a lift at the Collins Street building in Melbourne.

The building is now in lockdown, with ANZ saying it is concerned for the safety of its workers.

Activists are carrying signs which read; "ANZ Invests in Climate Chaos" and "Don't drown the Pacific".

The action comes just days after kayakers and canoeists blocked coal ships from accessing the port of Newcastle by padding across the harbour.

Local protesters were joined by members of the Pacific Climate Warriors action group, who had travelled from nations such as Fiji, Vanuatu, the Marshall Islands, Tokelau, the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea.

Fijian protester George Nacewa said the effects of climate change where evident in his home nation, where erosion and sea-level rise have impacted on the lives of locals.

ANZ has helped to fund the construction of Whitehaven Coal’s Maules Creek mine.

Today’s action is believed to be part of a string of coordinated protests against the mine which have continued for more than a year, and have seen hundreds of people arrested.

ANZ was targeted by activist Jonathan Moylan in 2013.

Moylan, 26, was responsible for sending out the fake release which purported to be from ANZ and claimed the bank had withdrawn a$1.2 billion loan to help develop the Maules Creek project.

The hoax prompted a sharp sell off on Whitehaven stock and temporarily wiped over $314 million from the company’s value.


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