Australian activist detained in Malaysian prison for four days

Thursday, June 26, 2014
Australian campaigner Natalie Lowrey.

Australian resident Natalie Lowrey remains in detention in Malaysia after her arrest at a peaceful protest demanding an Australian company to close down its operation of the Lynas Advanced Material Plant (LAMP) in Kuantan.

Lowrey was arrested at the peaceful protest on June 22 along with 15 Malaysian citizens — the locals have all been released, yet Lowrey remains detained.

Colleague and Rare Earth campaigner Tully McIntyre is in Malaysia, has visited Natalie and has expressed concern for her wellbeing.

"Natalie has been held for four days without charge in very basic Malaysian prison cell conditions under the glare of 24 hour fluorescent lights and camera surveillance,” McIntyre said.

“Her family and friends are very worried about her treatment and the lack of information on the allegations against her and when — or if — she will receive bail.

“Natalie has an incredible passion for the environment and social injustice, she is not a criminal.

“She was sitting down with other protesters at the time of her arrest in non-violent solidarity with local community members concerned by pollution from the Lynas Corporation facility.

“Natalie’s friends and family would like to see her released as soon as possible and returned home safely.

“She has expressed thanks to all her supporters who have provided strength and solace at this difficult time,” she said.

Lowrey lives in Bondi in Sydney and works as a graphic designer. She has been held in police detention since her arrest on June 22. It is still unclear how long she will be held or what charges she may face.

A protest to demand Lowrey's release will be held outside the Lynas corporate headquarters, 56 Pitt Street, Sydney on June 27 at 1.30pm.

What you can do:

Please sign and share this petition.

Phone the Malaysian consulate in your area, asking them to immediately free Nat from prison in Kuantan.

Donate for urgent costs. Email freenatlowrey@gmail.com for details.

Visit www.stoplynas.org and http://savemalaysia-stoplynas.blogspot.com.au to find out more.

From GLW issue 1014