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Top Cop praises protesters but defends arrest - Northern Star

LOCAL Area Commander, Superintendent Mark Holahan, has praised the “peaceful” action of protestors at the Glenugie blockade yesterday but defended police action saying 18 “went too far”.
Yesterday 18 protestors were arrested and 25 charges were laid – mostly for resisting/hindering police and public obstruction.

While most are listed to appear in Grafton Local Court next month, six of the 18 arrested refused to sign their bail conditions and face the Grafton magistrate today.

Stakeholders are expected to be watching the outcome of those cases with extreme interest.

While protestors are reporting an exit of police numbers from the Glenugie CSG site today, Supt Holahan says police will continue to maintain a presence.

“We’ve seen people exercising their right to protest in a lawful manner,” Supt Holahan said.

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