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Artist Anohni again joins the fight of Martu people against Western Australian uranium mine

Artist Anohni completes outback trek in fight with Martu people against WA uranium mine, ABC News, By Claire Moodie , 13 June 16  Oscar-nominated transgender musician Anohni has described the proponents of a uranium mine in Western Australia’s Pilbara as “desolate souls” after taking part in a protest march to the site of the proposed project.

Anohni, formerly known as Antony Hegarty of Antony and the Johnsons, made the comments after joining the Martu people on the 110 kilometre walk from the Parnngurr community to the site of Cameco’s Kintyre project, northeast of Newman.

Speaking in a recording made during the week-long trek, which ended on Sunday, Anohni criticised the venture.

“In many regards, I think the guys who run Cameco are desolate souls, desolate souls with no home, with no connection to land, with no connection to country,” she said.

“A lot of the white people on this trip, we come from generations of people who have experienced that same disconnection and are trying to reconnect to country. And that’s why in so many regards, I feel like a student of the Martu.

“If we don’t restore it, there won’t be an Earth to walk on within a hundred years. There won’t be an Earth worth walking on.”…..

She refused to attend the ceremony in February.

It is not the first time Anohni has supported the Martu people’s campaign against the mine.

The singer visited Parnngurr, the community closest to the project, in 2013, and appeared with Martu elders on the ABC’s Q&A program last year…….

Martu elder Nola Taylor, who also took part in last week’s protest walk, said she was concerned the mine would contaminate her people’s waterways, including the Yantikutji creek that runs either side of the proposed mine.

Opponents are also unconvinced the waste can be stored safely and are concerned for over 20 threatened species in the area, which used to be part of the Karlamilyi National Park before it was excised in the mid-1990s.


June 15, 2016 - Posted by | opposition to nuclear, uranium, Western Australia

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