Lismore Nanna unlocked from Parliament gates
Lismore Knitting Nanna Clare Twomey voluntarily unlocked herself from the exit gates of NSW Parliament House at 8.30pm last night.
After 8 and a half hours at the Sydney gates, the Knitting Nanna cofounder, locked off without arrest.
She was supported by Greens Jeremy Buckingham, Knitting Nannas and interviewed by Sydney media.
ORIGINAL: 5pm, April 1
CO-FOUNDER of the Knitting Nannas Against Gas (KNAG), Nanna Clare Twomey is still 'locked-on' to the gates of NSW Parliament House.
Under the yet-to-be proclaimed anti-protest laws, she would be risking a 7-year prison sentence. She locked on at noon on Friday.
Supporters say she is 'doing well'.
Although locked to the gates, she is not obstructing parliament.
The Lismore Nanna has taken the extraordinary action of locking onto the gates of the NSW Parliament, to bring attention to the recent passing of the anti-protest legislation which could see Nannas facing 7 years jail and/or fines of up to AUD $5,500 for protesting against the invasive fossil fuel industry.
Clare Twomey said, "I have locked on today because the Knitting Nannas will do anything to save the land, air and water for the kiddies.
"The implementation of the draconian anti-protest laws by the Baird government has forced me to bring this to the NSW Premier's doorstep.
During an interview with Wendy Harmer on Australia's national broadcaster ABC last week, Premier Mike Baird said that if all protesters were like the knitting Nannas they wouldn't get in trouble with the laws.
Nanna Clare added, "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.
"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 and we Nannas simply won't tolerate it.
"Mike Baird has tried to demonise defenders, by calling us eco-fascists but this new law evidences who the real fascists are.
"Nannas will do anything to protect the future for the kiddies - come at us Mike."
The Knitting Nannas Against Gas (KNAG) movement has grown from country Northern New South Wales women sitting in a field knitting, to an international movement with more than 38 loops or branches in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.