Climate change activists under the ‘Rising Tide’ banner conducted what was called on the day the ‘People’s Protest’ in Newcastle yesterday. The protest was an attempt to shut down the Port of Newcastle in Australia, which is the largest exporter of coal in the world.
Despite the protesters claim that they had successfully blockaded the harbour, the authorities had previously arranged for there to be no shipping movements on the day in the interests of safety. The protesters used kayaks and various home-made ‘boats’ to form the blockade near Horseshoe Beach. About 500 people took part in the protest.
A police presence was very active during the protest to ensure safety and to prevent any form of crime.
Rising Tide is preaching a message of anti-coal and pro-renewable energy for our future.
NSW Greens MP Lee Rhiannon took part in the protest.