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NSW police have arrested 37 protesters who chained themselves to a train and rail tracks at the world's biggest coal export port in Newcastle to protest against climate change.
About 1000 people today joined a march to the Carrington coal terminal at Newcastle Port where about 100 protesters scaled or cut through fences to enter the rail corridor, bringing the busy coal terminal to a standstill.
Friends of the Earth Australia spokesman Damien Lawson said up to 50 of the protesters then chained themselves onto rail tracks and a train, or sat on top of the train, stopping production.
By 2.30pm (AEST) 37 protesters had been arrested for a range of offences, police said.
Mr Lawson said industrial cutting equipment had to be used to cut the protesters from the train and tracks.
The protest was still continuing in spite of the arrests, with another three activists climbing on top of the train shortly before 4pm.
"The protest has been a fantastic success," said Mr Lawson, who was himself arrested.
"We said we would shut down the rail lines into the world's biggest coal port and we did.
"We've had an enormous economic impact on the coal industry today and sent a message world wide about the need for urgent action on climate change."
Organisers claim the action would have cost the mining companies at least $1.3 million.
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