Protesters face anti-terror action
THE ranking Queensland Police officer attending the blockade of the coal seam gas giant QGC has told protesters sitting in a tree in the path of bulldozers they could be charged under the state's anti-terror legislation.
Friends of the Earth spokesperson and blockade organiser Drew Hutton said he was outraged by any suggestion the peaceful protesters would be targeted by Police anti-terrorism action.
"We have never used anything other than strictly non-violent action," Mr Hutton said.
"We have been courteous and co-operative with Police and QGC and have not allowed the slightest hint of anti-social behaviour among our group.
"If these two young men sitting six metres up a gum tree are terrorists, then so so am I and so is that great Australian, Bob Irwin."
Mr Hutton said the two in the tree were fine young men who were simply trying to protect the last mature tree in a bulldozed corridor. This corridor is forty metres wide instead of the ten metres stipulated in QGC's environmental authority.
"The real law breaker here is QGC which is breaching section 804 of the Petroleum and Gas Act by causing "unreasonable interference" to the landowner's property but the police are more intent on focusing on a couple of lads in a gum tree," Mr Hutton said.