Thousands protest across Australia against Adani’s coal mine project
Several protests were held across Australia against Indian mining giant Adani’s proposed 16.5 billion dollars Carmichael coal mine project, which has been delayed for years over environmental and financing issues.
Rallies were held yesterday in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, the Gold Coast and Port Douglas in North Queensland where thousands of protesters took to streets as part of a National Day of Action, according to reports.
Protesters spelled out ‘#STOP ADANI’ by standing in formation on the sand. Sydney ‘Stop Adani’ campaigner Isaac Astill called the construction of the mine an international issue.
Reports said around 2000 people rallied in Melbourne’s Princes Park carrying placards reading ‘Coal=CO2!!!’ and ‘Protect Our Future’. Between 200-300 people turned out at Perth’s Cottesloe Beach and more than 250 people rallied in Hobart, where speakers included former Greens leader Bob Brown.
Meanwhile, Adani Australia CEO Jeyakumar Janakaraj said that the company was committed to create jobs in Australia and there was large support for the project in regional Australia.