26 Sep 2010

Australian activists arrested over coal terminal protests

9:57 pm on 26 September 2010

Australian police have arrested more than 40 environmental activists who shut down some operations at the world's largest coal port in Newcastle on Sunday morning.

The demonstrators, from the group Rising Tide Newcastle, broke into three coal terminals at about 5am on Sunday and strapped themselves to equipment, stopping their operation.

It took police about 10 hours to remove all the activists from Newcastle's three coal terminals.

Seven men and two women were charged with trespassing and will face court next month.

Police expect to fine another 32 people for the same offence.

The demonstrators were protesting against the coal industry's impact on climate change and called on the Australian government to put a moratorium on the expansion of the industry.