Police Charge 26 People After Coal Port Protest
A 92-year-old World War II veteran was among those charged.
NSW police have charged 26 people, including a 92-year-old World War II veteran, following a protest at a coal port in Newcastle.
Just after 7am on Saturday police were called to the planned protest at Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group, with reports two people were on the tracks.
Bill Ryan, 92, and Susie Gold, 72, were arrested and charged with numerous offences, including causing obstruction to railway locomotive or rolling stock.
They were joined by more than 50 activists throughout the day, at various locations, according to Frontline Action on Coal.
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"I will be gone by the time climate change is in full swing, but I am taking action for my grandchildren, great grandchildren and all future generations," Mr Ryan said in a statement.
"Our state and federal governments are swarming with lobbyists ... we are completely at the mercy of the fossil fuel industry."
At further unauthorised protests, police say they arrested two women, aged 62 and 36, at Teal Street and charged them with numerous offences, including armed with intent to commit indictable offence and hinder working of mining equipment.
At Kooragang Island, 17 people who scaled machinery were arrested and charged, including a 23-year-old man who was suspended from a conveyor belt.
Five additional people at Kooragang Island were issued with Field Court Attendance Notices for offences including trespass, and interfere with mining equipment.
All have been granted conditional bail to appear at Newcastle Local Court on October 4.
Superintendent Brett Greentree said some of the protesters ignored police warnings.
"While police respect the right of individuals and groups to protest, we have a responsibility to the community and local businesses to ensure they can go about their normal activities without being impacted or put at risk," he said.