WANGAN and Jagalingou traditional owners are standing their ground after Queensland police swarmed their protest.
Wangan and Jagalingou traditional owners lit the spirit fire on a dirt access road leading to the proposed Adani Charmichael coal mine site on August 24 to call on their ancestors to help them drive Adani from their lands.
Wangan and Jagalingou man Coedie McAvoy said traditional owners had called on the Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to meet with them and support their cause.
“But she declined and she sent in 50 police officers, armed with guns, ready to remove us,” Mr McAvoy said.
“This fight is not over. We will not stop and we will not quit.
“The world is watching us.”
Queensland police had promised to arrange a meeting with the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, but instead forced Wangan and Jagalingou traditional owners to remove the spirit fire from the road.
Wangan and Jagalingou man Adrian Burrugubba said negotiations between traditional owners and police have broken down because the police failed to keep their promise.
“We will take a stand and we will continue to practise our lore and custom in our culture, and we are going to pay respect to our ancestors,” he said.
The huge police presence comes after Wangan and Jagalingou traditional owners served Indian mining giant Adani with an eviction notice for trespassing on their land, demanding all mining activities cease immediately…
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