WATCH: Police break up roadblock at Adani site
POLICE have stepped in to break up a roadblock near Adani's Carmichael mine site today.
The W & J Traditional Owners had maintained a spirit fire across the access road to the Adani coal mine for the past five days.
Tribal leader Adrian Burragubba has now called on Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to pull back the police action.
"Five days ago we lit the spirit fire to call on our ancestors to help us drive Adani from our lands. Adani's truck and vehicle movement has stopped," Mr Burragubba said.
"The fire burns to mark our cultural sovereignty and our call to national and international allies to aid our fight.
"It's time for Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to stand with us and turn towards justice for First Nations people.
"Using police force to continue to deny us our free prior and informed consent and the right to protect our country and culture, infringes our rights under international law and breaches the Law of the Land handed down to us from thousands of generations before."
An Adani spokeswoman said police had negotiated with "anti-mining protesters".
"People participating in the protest do not represent the majority Wangan and Jagalingou Native Title claimants and they are not authorised representatives of the majority of Native Title claimants," the spokeswoman said.
"In 2016 the Wangan and Jagalingou People voted 294 to one in favour of an Indigenous Land Use Agreement which endorsed the Carmichael Project.
"At Adani we respect the traditions and culture of Aboriginal people, in particular those of the Wangan and Jagalingou people.
"Accordingly, we have engaged every step of the way with Wangan and Jagalingou people and followed all Federal and State legislative processes for the delivery of the Carmichael Project."
Works at the Carmichael mine site continued this week despite the roadblock.