Lets make the message loud and clear. 900 police to break up the Bentley protest is putting the safety of the local community at risk.
The community has every right to protest Coal Seam Gas mining within... their community.
The questions NSW Police and the Government won't answer:
• What law allows police to get around section 200 of LEPRA 2002 which prevent police breaking up a protest?
• How many police will be involved in the operation, when are they expected to arrive, and where are they staying?
• Can police confirm the officers involved will be sent to the Goulburn police academy for riot squad training?
• What equipment will police use to disperse protesters?
The Government should be talking to local community - not insulting protestors and preparing to direct 900 police into the protest.
For the past three days, police media on behalf of Northern Region Commander, Assistant Commissioner Jeff Loy, have issued the same statement regarding Bentley.
"A police operation is planned to take place at Bentley, to both facilitate a lawful protest and ensure normal operations at the gas exploration site," he said.