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Greenpeace Protesters Arrested At Newcastle Port

They're targeting the Commonwealth Bank

Greenpeace Protesters Arrested At Newcastle Port

Photos/video: Greenpeace/Carey Harris

Anti-coal protestors set their sights on the Commonwealth Bank this morning, unfurling a large banner at Kooragang Island.

The banner which reads "CommBank's Coal Kills" was unveiled on top of the coal stockpiles.

Police moved in at around 8:00am, arresting the protesters for trespass.

Greenpeace says they're targeting the bank because of how much money it lends to fossil fuels.

Commonwealth Bank loaned $310 million to Newcastle Port in 2014, and is one of the largest Australian lenders to fossil fuels.

"People know that coal is a dirty, polluting fossil fuel that is driving climate change and damaging our environment,” Greenpeace Climate and Energy Campaigner Nikola Casule said.

“Communities in the Hunter Valley and beyond are already bearing the brunt of the immediate health costs that are an inevitable byproduct of this industry."

“By investing in more coal in the Hunter region, the Commonwealth Bank is standing in the way of a just transition for these communities.”

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