anti-protest laws

The unjust jailing of climate activist Violet CoCo exposes the limits of the type of democracy we are being asked to uphold, argues Alex Bainbridge

The NSW Premier said he is pleased Deanna “Violet” CoCo was jailed for her non-violent protest. Wendy Bacon writes that he is out of step with human rights and climate change groups and activists, who have mobilised in solidarity.

Protesters gathered outside the Perth Magistrates Court to protest the 15-month prison sentence handed to climate activist Violet CoCo for blocking traffic in Sydney. Alex Salmon reports.

Climate campaigner Violet CoCo and supporters outside court

Climate activist Violet CoCo to 15 month’s prison for blocking vehicles, possessing a bright light distress signal and refusing to comply with police directions, reports Rachel Evans.

NSW Civil Liberties Council president Josh Pallas gave a presentation on anti-protest laws and the right to protest at Ecosocialism 2022.

Blockade IMARC protests the mining conference in Darling Harbour. Photo: Blockade IMARC

About 30 activists defied police intimidation to protest the International Mining and Resources Conference at the International Convention Centre in Darling Harbour. Kerry Smith reports.

Climate protest in Sydney on September 24

An alliance of climate action and environment groups have condemned police intimidation against activists in the lead up to IMARC. Isaac Nellist reports.

Mali Cooper

All charges against Mali Cooper relating to Blockade Australia climate protests in June have been dropped. Alex Bainbridge reports.

The NSW government enacted new anti-protest laws with Labor's support, but it is having difficulty getting its new anti-union laws through. Jim McIlroy reports.

The New South Wales Supreme Court is hearing a challenge that aims to overturn NSW Police fines against protesters during the COVID-19 pandemic. Jim McIlroy reports.

Climate activist Jay Larbalestier narrowly avoided jail time for the offence of blocking peak hour traffic on Sydney’s Harbour Bridge. Susan Price reports.

Rachel Evans argues that progressives need to resist the draconian police repression of peaceful climate activists, because no matter climate activists’ tactics, the state is intent on criminalising dissent.

NSW Greens MLC Abigail Boyd discusses the increasingly draconian anti-protest laws in that state.

More than 100 protesters defied police to stop traffic in the CBD on June 27 for just under an hour at 8am as part of Blockade Australia’s (BA) week of climate action. Rachel Evans reports.

The NSW Police' storming of a private property has led to one person being charged with traffic offences and big questions about police intimidation and overreach. Rachel Evans reports.

A coalition of environment groups warn against the Victorian Parliament bringing in new anti-protest laws which would even stop Traditional Owners from protecting Country. Chloe DS reports.

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