A 17-year-old boy was arrested after balancing on a tripod over a train line, in a dangerous protest against coal mining.
The teenager from Newcastle, Ballyn Teagle, hung on the ten meter high tripod at Hunter River Rail Bridge in Sandgate, where he then started a live Facebook broadcast.
His video started around 6 this morning and he said he was protesting to support Frontline Action on Coal.
The teenager from Newcastle, Ballyn Teagle (17), hung from the ten-meter-high tripod on Hunter River Rail Bridge in Sandgate, where he then began a live broadcast of Facebook
The police arrived at 6.15 a.m. and urged him to come down. Despite the initial denials, the teenager was eventually removed by the rescue police around 8:30 a.m.
Teagle had also erected a banner that said, "Where is our plan?" and he said in his live broadcast on Facebook that he called everyone, from executives to the general public, to think outside of their wallets & # 39; when it comes to coal.
"The fact that we do not have a meaningful plan for the transition of fossil fuels frustrates me more than I thought," he said.
"We've had the technology for years and even our leaders stand up, actively ignoring the obvious warning signs of global warming."
The rail services were suspended during the protest and the New South Wales Police told the Daily Mail Australia that a man who supported the neighborhoods was also arrested.
He was taken to the Waratah police station, where he is expected to be charged with trespassing, aiding and abetting crimes, police said.
Frontline Action on Coal provided regular updates on Teagle's situation to Facebook followers during the protest.
"Ballyn has been placed in police custody and we hope he will be released soon," the group wrote in its latest update.
"The fact that we do not have a meaningful plan for the transition of fossil fuels frustrates me more than I thought," the teenager said in his live Facebook feed of the protest.
"Ballyn's action this morning is a testament to the fact that young people have had enough of governments' inaction to ensure that they and their children have a future that is not destroyed by climate change," said a Frontline spokesman. Action on Coal. he told Daily Mail Australia.
"Ballyn had, and continues to have the full support of Frontline Action on Coal, and we thank him for standing up for what he and many other Australians believe: that we can no longer expect dysfunctional governments to act to ensure that greenhouse gas Australia emissions decrease and, instead, take that power into their own hands. "
The spokesman also said that Ballyn was "very encouraged" and is preparing for several live interviews tonight.
This is the second time this week that protesters have hung up on the rail lines in the Sandgate area.
On Monday, college student Sarah Barron also balanced a rail line in support of Frontline Action on Coal.
Barron and two others were arrested and charged.
The police arrived at 6.15 a.m. and urged him to come down. Despite initial denials, the teenager was eventually removed by the Police Force around 8:30 a.m.