"Ridiculous" charges dropped
Train Track Blockade Activsts: One has charges dropped; case adjourned for two
Media Advisory: Save Happy Valley Christchurch
FOR IMMEDIATE USE
The three Save Happy Valley activists facing charges over blockading a coal train earlier this year, in protest against the destruction of the Mt Augustus ridgeline, appeared in the Christchurch District Court yesterday. One had her charges dropped, and the case continues for the other two. The next hearing will be 15th November 2007.
Anna-Claire Hunter was support person for the two locked onto the tracks, and threw a bottle of water to them. The judge dismissed the charge against her, which was "Communicates with a prisoner". Ms Hunter said "I am pleased these ridiculous charges have been dropped! The real issue here was the threat of climate change and the extinction of Powelliphanta Augustus."