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Thousands travel to Roxby Downs in anti-uranium protest against Olympic Dam mine

Roxby Council Administrator Bill Boehm said many protests against the mine had occurred without disrupting the town in the past. “From past experience, it appears that most of the protest action revolves around the mine’s operation with minimal direct impact on the Roxby Downs township,” he said.

Protesters vow to shut down Olympic Dam news.com.au 7 July 12, HUNDREDS of police will be sent to Roxby Downs as thousands of protesters from around the country attempt to shut down the Olympic Dam uranium mine.

The Desert Liberation Front website has issued an open invitation to more than 10,000 people to attend the six-day protest, music and art festival to be held on the outskirts of the town from next Saturday.

It says it will take their protest to “Roxby Downs – gates of hell” to help “shut down the mine”. More than 1200 protesters have already indicated they will attend while 723 others are seeking transport.

Police sources have told The Advertiser “a couple of hundred officers”
will head to Roxby Downs, including STAR Group, mounted police and
others on dirt bikes to ensure a peaceful protest…….
In a video posted on the website, festival organiser Izzy Brown said:
“If we can get enough people out there we will be able to blockade the
mine and, hopefully, stop them working and, hopefully, draw enough
attention through the media and everywhere for people to see what’s
going on in the middle of the desert.”……

The protest and festival is named after the Aboriginal Dream Time
story of Kalta, a lizard which belongs to the land around Olympic Dam.

Desert Liberation Front’s Adelaide-based spokeswoman Nectaria Calan
said busloads of supporters were coming from Melbourne, Sydney and
Adelaide.

“We’d like as many people as possible to show that Australian
community does feel marginalised by the decision to build the largest
uranium mine in the world and show they care,” she said

Roxby Council Administrator Bill Boehm said many protests against the mine had occurred without disrupting the town in the past. “From past experience, it appears that most of the protest action revolves around the mine’s operation with minimal direct impact on the Roxby Downs township,” he said.

“Protesters have ventured into the town on some occasions and have
expressed their views in what has generally appeared to be in a
peaceful manner.”…..
http://www.news.com.au/national/protesters-vow-to-shut-olympic-dam/story-fndo4dzn-1226419650200

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July 7, 2012 - Posted by | General News

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