COVID-19 bars new recruits from Adani protest camp
NEW recruits in the fight against coal have been barred from the front lines as the global coronavirus pandemic worsens.
A statement last night from anti-coal group Frontline Action on Coal announced visitors and new arrivals would not be allowed at its permanent protest base Camp Binbee.
Based near Bowen and a few hours away from the Adani site, Camp Binbee hosts political activists who write songs, strategise disruptive protests and occasionally tussle with the law.
"Camp Binbee recognises the ever-changing and unpredictable nature of COVID-19," the statement said.
"We take our responsibility to the wider public seriously and what this means for the safety and wellbeing of all people.
"As a result, to limit the chance of COVID-19 spreading, we have decided to listen to the advice of health experts and ask that nobody visits Camp Binbee for the time being."
Despite taking isolation precaution, the message from Frontline Action on Coal was clear: the movement is ongoing.
"There are endless ways that direct action and other forms of action against Adani can still take place - you don't have to be at Camp Binbee," the statement said.
"We still have a big job to do and we need you to be ready to come to Camp Binbee when the time is right."