Court Hearing Day 1- Jan 31

Monday, January 31, 2011

After a full day in court the Rising Tide 7 defendants were convicted of ‘remaining on enclosed lands’ and fined $300 plus $79 in court costs.

The PWCS prosecution and the Rising Tide 7 Defendants put their evidence and legal submissions forward to Magistrate Truscott.

The ‘victims compensation’ claim for $525,000 still stands. The case continues with another full day of hearings on Thursday the 3rd of February in Newcastle Local Court.

Rising Tide Spokeswomen Carly Phillips is adament that the case will be fought until the end.

“We will not be silenced by this corporate bullying.”

“The hour is upon us to phase out the outdated and environmentally destructive coal industry. Plans to double this industry are driven by greed, while companies like PWCS ignore the saftey of the climate.”

“If the government continues to approve expansions in the coal industry they will be met with protests from the community.” said Miss Phillips.

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About risingtide7

On September 26, 2010, forty-one community members shut down all three coal terminals at the world's biggest coal port, Newcastle, New South Wales, which is currently undergoing a massive expansion. To tackle the climate crisis we need more courageous people who are willing to stand up for the planet that we all share. Rio Tinto and Xstrata are now seeking $525 000 in "victim's compensation" for lost profits during the protest. This is an abuse of laws designed to protect victims of violent crime. These companies' activities cost the world millions of dollars in climate change impacts, health and environmental impacts, and the destruction of agricultural, winery and manufacturing industries. Their claim to be "victims" is an insult to the people of the Torres Straits, the Pacific Islands, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bolivia and all over the world who will be the first to be affected by climate chaos.
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