"More than a dozen climate activists are facing possible jail time over
protests in Sydney’s city centre this year after being charged under the same
controversial laws that led to Deanna “Violet” Coco being handed a 15-month
Court documents seen by Guardian Australia show a string of activists linked to
the climate group Blockade Australia have been charged under the laws, which
introduced a two-year jail sentence for protests that block major roads,
bridges or tunnels in New South Wales.
The bulk of the charges relate to two protests, on 27 and 28 June this year. At
the time, activists marched from Hyde Park and through the central business
district in what police allege in court documents was an “erratic unlawful
assembly” that caused “serious disruption” to pedestrians and vehicles.
After Coco’s jailing for a minimum of eight months over a protest on the Sydney
Harbour Bridge in April, the cases highlight the way police have used the new
laws to crack down on climate protesters and reveal the potential for several
other activists to face jail time."
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