Two protesters have been arrested in Haberfield while staging an occupation of a house slated for demolition as part of the WestConnex project.
As the WestConnex protests continue, the government has switched tactics to remove protesters by appealing to the revitalized Inclosed Land Act (1901), building a cage around protesters to "inclose" them and claiming that if they do not leave the area, they would be subject to arrests and fines.
Stephen Blanks from the NSW Council for Civil Liberties told City Hub that the use of the act raised an interesting question.
“There would appear to be a potential interesting legal question, about whether or not a charge under the enclosed lands act can be brought in circumstances where a fence was erected around the protestors was to enclose the protestors, and was not there for any purpose of enclosing land.”
The NSWCCL was vehemently opposed to recent amendments in the NSW parliament that bolstered the Inclosed Land Act.
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Source: Alt Media