Lismore Knitting Nanna slips loose after protest
LISMORE woman Clare Twomey has avoided arrest after spending more than eight hours chained to the gates of NSW Parliament House.
The co-founder of the Knitting Nannas Against Gas (KNAG) group voluntarily removed her lock on Friday after spending eight-and-a-half hours chained to the gates to draw attention to the recent passing of new anti-protest legislation.
Ms Twomey, who was supported by Greens MPs Jeremy Buckingham and David Shoebridge, said the new legislation allows for protesters to be jailed for seven years and fined $5500 for protesting against the CSG industry.
"I have locked on because the Knitting Nannas will do anything to save the land, air and water for the kiddies," Ms Twomey said
"The implementation of the draconian anti-protest laws by the Baird Government has forced me to bring this to the NSW Premier's doorstep."
While Ms Twomey condemned the legislation Mr Baird said last week that if all protesters were like the Knitting Nannas they wouldn't get in trouble with the laws, something Ms Twomey disputed.
"We are like all other protesters; the farmers, the doctors and midwives, the scientists, the traditional owners and our dedicated troupes of non-violent direct activism defenders on the front line, when you attack them, you attack the Knitting Nannas and you don't want that," she said.
"KNAG are at the front line of most actions by environmental actions in Australia and often turn up to sit with farmers who have had a rig turn up at their front gate without any notification.
"Living in a state where riot squad, the police force and private security guards are allowed to violently assault defenders is a direct attack on our democracy."