XR Rebels stage the Seige of Santos
By Extinction Rebellion Australia, on 4 June 2021
XR Rebels plead guilty to disturbing the peace in protest against gas giant Santos in Adelaide
Two XR Rebels were on bail this week after pleading guilty to disturbing the peace in Adelaide Magistrate's Court. The pair were part of a group that staged a four hour occupation of Santos headquarters in March this year.
Ian David Fox and Ngoc Mai Nguyen scaled the Santos building as part of a protest against GAS-LED EXTINCTION, in a demonstration aimed at highlighting the need for action on climate change and the impact of fossil fuels. Four other XR Rebels, who had glued themselves to Flinders Street during the same action, had their charges withdrawn shortly before the court hearing.
The XR group took action against the fossil fuel giant Santos who plan to frack coal seam gas from 850 gas wells in the Pilliga state forrest. The action caused major disruption with Flinders street being shutdown for several hours.
Outside the court, Ian David Fox told reporters:
"We care for the environment and we understand what’s happening with the climate – we believe the science, we understand the science and we are extremely frustrated that our economic and political systems do not acknowledge that.”
There was widespread media coverage across all major South Australian news outlets of the protest and the court hearing including ABC National news.
No other charges were put by the prosecution and Fox and Nguyen will present their plea submission to the court on 10 June 2021.
Follow XR South Australia for updates on the case via their Facebook page where you can also see more images and footage from the protest and the court hearing.
Images from XR South Australia