'Shocked': Seven charged over anti-coal protest, bans issued
UPDATE: Seven people have been arrested following a blockade of the Abbot Point Coal Terminal this morning.
A 28-year-old Victorian man, and four French nationals aged 29, 30, 32 and 39 were charged with one count of trespassing on a railway, police said.
Two Victorian women, aged 20 and 22, were each charged with one count of trespassing on a railway, obstruct railway and contravene a police direction.
Among those arrested was French journalist, documentary maker and television personality Hugo Clement.
Mr Clement was released on bail this afternoon.
His bail conditions include not partaking in any unlawful protest activity.
Mr Clement said he was "shocked" that he can no longer be anywhere near Abbot Point, as per his bail conditions.
He said he'd travelled to many democratic countries and had never experienced being barred from a location.
"Who are the police here for? Are they here to protect the people or are they here to protect the corporation?" he said.
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The Queensland Police Service said it supported lawful and peaceful protest and was committed to working with groups to plan and facilitate lawful activities.
All seven people will face Bowen Magistrates Court on September 3.
EARLIER: Five anti-coal activists have been arrested during a blockade of the Abbot Point Coal Terminal, protesters at the scene have reported.
The demonstration was organised by nonviolent action group Frontline Action on Coal to protest the 'harmful precedent' opening the Galilee Basin would have on Australia's future economy and geopolitical relations.
Two women, Emily Starr and Matilda Heselev, still remain locked to a concrete barrel which is blocking road access to the terminal.
The pair have been there since about 8am.
It is unclear if those who were arrested have been formally charged.
Frontline Action on Coal group member Anandan Mcewan, had livestreamed footage of protesters and a French documentary crew at the scene.
He said protesters on the road were being taken away by police.
"We've got two brave people currently locked on into a barrel and we are blockading Adani coal," he said.
"Unless we're filming, anyone on the road is being arrested, which isn't what they normally do. They usually give us a move on order."
An Abbot Point Operations spokeswoman said everyone is entitled to their own opinion.
"We encourage people to base their opinion on the facts, and to conduct any protest activity legally and safely, without putting themselves or our employees, contractors or other community members at risk," she said.
Emily Starr and Matilda Heselev, along with about 30 climate change activists are protesting in response to Adani's Carmichael Mine land clearing activities in the Galilee Basin.
Ms Heselev said to believe coal was the only way forward was a failure of the imagination.
A witness told the Whitsunday Times they believed police had arrested a French film crew, with French journalist and documentary maker Hugo Clement was among those arrested.
A Queensland Police spokesperson said the protesters were at the Bruce Highway and Abbot Point Rd intersection, with police on scene.
A Frontline Action on Coal spokesperson said that opening the Galilee Basin was a 'harmful precedent' for Australia's future economy and geopolitical relations.
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