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(en) Mass Arrests at Uranium Mine Blockade in Australia

From will kemp x346544 <will@au.iww.org>
Date Tue, 14 Jul 1998 23:20:28 +1000 (EST)


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Tuesday, 14th July - 118 people were arrested at the site of the Jabiluka
uranium mine in World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park, land of the
Mirrar aboriginal people, in Australia's tropical Northern Territory. 

Protesters entered the compound and about 40 people locked onto the
machinery, others blocked the compound gate, so police couldn't get
through with their gear to cut people off. This action stopped work for
half a day. 

One of the arrested protesters has been released so far, but 117 are being
held overnight in a jail designed to hold 45 people.

Tomorrow morning in Jabiru, which is inside the national park area,
aboriginal traditional owner, Yvonne Margarula and Mirrar spokesperson,
Jaqui Katona will appear in court, charged with trespassing on their own
land.  About 80 of the protesters are refusing bail in solidarity with the
traditional owners. 

Police have claimed protesters sabotaged a water pipe last night and claim
to have found a rope strung up at neck level between trees, supposedly to
ambush security guards. North Limited, the parent company of Energy
Resources Australia (ERA), the company developing the ecologically
disastrous uranium mine, are well known in Australia for their dirty
tricks campaigns against green activists. North Limited are involved in
destruction of old-growth forest in south east Australia and Tasmania,
among other places.

They also claim sabotage of water supplies, but protesters say that
robbing the great artesian basin of its water for use in mining uranium at
Roxby Downs is the real sabotage. North Limited's dubious claims of
terrorism pale into insignificance compared to the low-intensity warfare
ERA and other companies inflict on indigenous people in Australia every
day. 

Over 370 people have now been arrested in the campaign to stop jabiluka
uranium mine and the struggle is spreading. 

This morning, in Melbourne, over 100 people occupied the national business
council office in solidarity with the Stop Jabiluka campaign. 

For background information: 

http://www.green.net.au/adan/jab.htm

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