Thirteen protesters arrested near BHP Billiton’s Olympic Dam mine

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/white-horse-brigade-set-for-six-day-anti-olympic-dam-protest-in-roxby-downs/story-fndo471r-1226425816997
Thirteen protesters arrested near BHP Billiton’s Olympic Dam mine

Ben Hyde in Roxby Downs
The Advertiser
July 17, 2012 11:00PM

PROTESTERS threw projectiles and police deployed horses as 13 anti-Olympic Dam activists were arrested in a heated day of protests.

Seven of the demonstrators were held yesterday afternoon after a cricket game they started playing on Olympic Way, blocking the road, about 11.50am.

The group of about 100 chanted “Uranium is un-Australian. It’s just not cricket, that’s why we picket,” as police allowed them to play on the road for half an hour.

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“Never engage the enemy unless you outnumber them 30 to 1” General Westmoreland to the SA Police.

Today is the last scheduled day of the Lizard’s Revenge event but some protesters have flagged intentions to stay for up to three weeks.

Anti-nuclear campaigner Dr Helen Caldicott will hold a public meeting in Roxby Downs today to speak of the health impacts of uranium mining.

Police have extended road blocks on Olympic Way and Borefield Rd, the two access roads to the mine gates, until Tuesday, July 24.

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Yesterday morning, six protesters were held when they refused to abandon a human roadblock on Olympic Way, near the intersection of Bypass Rd, outside the police roadblock and protected area.

The group of 27 protesters sat on the road, lit a small fire and made breakfast in an effort to stop traffic in their “Breakfast not Bombs” protest.

Police asked the group to move on after an hour.
“Yesterday morning, six protesters were held when they refused to abandon a human roadblock on Olympic Way, near the intersection of Bypass Rd, outside the police roadblock and protected area. The group of 27 protesters sat on the road, lit a small fire and made breakfast in an effort to stop traffic in their “Breakfast not Bombs” protest. Police asked the group to move on after an hour.”

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Voter proof fence

Six of them stood their ground and were arrested about 9am. All 13 protesters arrested yesterday were from interstate.

SA Police Northern Operations Assistant Commissioner Neil Smith said the protesters had no respect for authority.

Lizard’s Revenge co-organiser Nectaria Calan said the police response, particularly the introduction of horses, was heavy-handed, but protesters would persist.

U.S. Nuclear Industry Must Find Vast Supplies of Uranium before Next Year

Or, why people got arrested at Roxby Downs for acting like Australians.

http://oilprice.com/Alternative-Energy/Nuclear-Power/U.S.-Nuclear-Industry-Must-Find-Vast-Supplies-of-Uranium-before-Next-Year.html

One Response to “Thirteen protesters arrested near BHP Billiton’s Olympic Dam mine”

  1. CaptD Says:

    From the images, it appears that both the protestors and those protecting had a very hot day of it…

    It is sad that these protests must result in arrests in order to get the media attention these underlying issues deserve!

    Salute to both sides for keeping things “civil”…

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