OVER 60 PROTESTERS ARRESTED ON MOTHER’S DAY IN NEWCASTLE

66 people have been arrested during a day of protests throughout Newcastle.

The demonstrations began early, with a 41-year-old arrested after he allegedly suspended himself from a conveyor belt above a ship at Kooragang Island around 8am.

Three women in their 20’s were also arrested after it’s alleged they abseiled down Stockton Bridge at the Port Waratah Coal facility about the same time.

Menawhile a 25-year-old woman was charged, following an incident involving a coal carrier’s mooring lines at Mayfield.

A 39-year-old was also charged after he allegedly attached himself to a ship loader at Mayfield.

57 other protesters were arrested following a demonstration at a rail bridge at Sandgate, while 200 kayakers also blockaded Newcastle harbour.

Police have issued a statement, saying they respect the right to protest but some demonstrators have broken the law and put themselves and others at risk.

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