Coal protestors block Newcastle Harbour

 Hundreds of Rising Tide protestors took to Newcastle Harbour for its seventh annual anti-coal port blockade.

The protestors took to canoes and kayaks to block the port and deny coal ships entry for the majority of the day, the Newcastle Herald reports.

Event organiser Nicola Bowskill said the event brought more than 300 people to the harbour, and doubled as part of a "100% Renewable" campaign designed to highlight renewable energy’s capabilities.

Shipping was halted until late yesterday.

Bowskilled added that the protest was peaceful and the group had warned the authorities well in advance.

This year’s event was only half the number of activists compared to the 2011 protests, which came after a number of chained themselves to machinery at Port Waratah Coal Services coal loaders.

Image: Rising Tide

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