“Hundreds will start converging in central Queensland to disrupt mine construction while many thousands target Adani contractors around the country.”
In a video shared on Facebook, activists warned they would be “back, again and again, until Meales gets out of Bed with Adani”.
The activists pointed to an Adani corporate video celebrating the start of construction on the Carmichael mine about a month ago that featured a Meales truck, and said the company had worked on Adani’s Abbot Point coal terminal.
On Monday morning, three people, including activist Ben Pennings, were arrested for obstructing a road.
As they were led away to a nearby police van, a small number of protesters chanted, “we will, we will, stop you, Adani,” to the tune of Queen’s We Will Rock You.
In recent weeks, Galilee Blockade shared the mobile numbers for the bosses of companies Meales, Macmahon and Wagners online and asked people to “call or text” them during business hours.
The tips for activists calling the CEOs and managers urged: “Be extremely polite and caring, explain why you do not want Adani to open up the Galilee Basin …, ask them to publicly declare they will do no further work on the Carmichael mine project, let them know if you are willing to further disrupt company operations until they do.”
Meanwhile, Frontline Action on Coal reported about 20 people had blocked access to the Abbot Point coal terminal on Monday, with two activists, Matilda Heselev and Emily Starr, locking themselves to a concrete barrel on the road.
LNP leader Deb Frecklington criticised the protest near Bowen.
“A number of businesses who have nothing to do with the resources industry couldn’t access their properties,” she tweeted.
“Enough is enough.
“Time @QLDLabor got serious & came down like a tonne of bricks on these protesters.”
It comes after climate change activists have repeatedly shut down peak-hour traffic in Brisbane’s CBD, leading to the several arrests.
Felicity Caldwell is state political reporter at the Brisbane Times