Port protest

Activists shutdown the Port of Newcastle for more than five hours yesterday.

Activists shutdown the Port of Newcastle for more than five hours yesterday.

Members of the group ‘Rising Tide’ broke into coal terminals at the port early Sunday morning, chaining themselves to machinery in what they labelled an “emergency intervention.”

Nine people have been charged with trespassing after they allegedly climbed onto two coal loaders and abseiled down it.

Thirty two protesters also accessed the coal stockpiles, invading the Port Waratah Coal  Facility.

Operations at the port were shut down from dawn through to mid morning, and were disrupted for a further eight hours.

Police took approximately ten hours to remove the group from three coal terminals.
 

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