KEPT IN CHECK: Police use a video camera as they speak to protest organiser Graeme Dunstan during a Repco Rally protest in Lismore yesterday.
KEPT IN CHECK: Police use a video camera as they speak to protest organiser Graeme Dunstan during a Repco Rally protest in Lismore yesterday. Jacklyn Wagner

Protesters to disrupt car rally

PROTESTERS demonstrating in Lismore yesterday against the Repco Rally, promised to interrupt the event using 'Chaser-style' tactics, but said there would be no violence.

About 20 protesters, watched by five police officers, gathered outside the Carrington Lane Repco franchise, and using a loud speaker, called on shoppers to join them in 'direct action to stop the rally'.

“We are going to obstruct the path in various ways. Lots of independent actions by people along the road that they are travelling on,” protester Graeme Dunstan said.

Mr Dunstan refused to give details of what was planned, but said they would use 'creativity, artfulness, cunning' and plans were now a 'covert secret'.

He and other rally opponents were prepared to be arrested during the three-day rally, but they had no fear for their safety.

He accused the State Government of doing a deal with a foreign multinational, 'privatising the roads of the Northern Rivers' for a weekend and disregarding NSW environment laws.

“These corrupt guys in Macquarie Street just snap their fingers and take the money,” he said.

Mr Dunstan called on the crowd to 'stop it (the rally) in a few places, pause it here and there and the eyes of billions of TV viewers around the world will know what is going on here'.

Fellow protesters Rainer Glasker and Alan Roberts said they were also prepared to be arrested during the rally, which runs from September 3-6, but hoped it would not be until the third day.

Inspector Paul Fredricks said police did not shut down the demonstration, even though protest leaders did not have a Notification of Assembly (the certificate required to hold a demonstration in NSW), because it was peaceful.

Earlier a Lismore Council ranger threatened the group with an infringement notice for operating loud speakers without authority.



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