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TWO anti-Adani mine activists had to be cut free by police yesterday after locking their arms under rail track on the coal line between Abbot Point and Collinsville.
The two women, Emma Briggs from Brisbane and Juliet Nelson from Gympie, were cut free by police, who arrived on the scene at 4pm. The two women were cut free at 5.20pm.
Protesters arrived at the rail crossing on Gee Dee Rd, 36km southwest of Bowen, about 1pm. Mackay Police Superintendent Bruce McNab said the two women, “both in their 40s” were locked to the rail line “by a pipe and chain device”.
“This linked the arms of the two women under the track,” he said.
Supt McNab said that despite claims by activists that they had “stopped coal trains”, no trains were scheduled to run on the line.
“Despite their claims otherwise, there was no interruption to train movements,” he said.
Speaking at the scene where about 40 police had been deployed, Supt McNab said the women were taken to the Bowen watch-house where they were charged with “interference with operations of rail infrastructure”.
Supt McNab said if something had gone wrong and there was a train on the line with the drivers unaware of what was unfolding, there would have been a tragedy.
“They were near a hill. If a train had come there was no way it could stop in time,” he said.
This article first appeared on www.townsvillebulletin.com.au
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