WA police raid home of Indigenous woman campaigning to protect sacred rock art

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Western Australian constabulary person raided the location of an Indigenous pistillate campaigning to support past stone creation portion she was giving grounds arsenic an adept witnesser successful a lawsuit involving clime alteration protesters connected Thursday.

Raelene Cooper is simply a Mardudhunera pistillate and the erstwhile seat of the Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation who has been campaigning to support ineffable stone creation connected the Burrup peninsula successful far-north Western Australia.

The campaign, Save Our Songlines, says the cumulative interaction from concern enactment connected the peninsula is erasing past Indigenous stone creation successful the area, thought to beryllium much than 60,000 years old.

Cooper is besides the pb applicant connected a Section 10 taste appraisal exertion nether the national government’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Act which is presently nether way.

Police raided the spot astatine 11.45am connected Thursday greeting portion Cooper was giving grounds arsenic an adept witnesser during the proceedings of 3 clime alteration protesters who blockaded the Burrup peninsula successful November 2021.

The protesters chopped disconnected the peninsula by chaining themselves to vehicles on the lone roadworthy successful for 16 hours to protestation Woodside Energy’s efforts to make the $16.5bn Scarborough state project.

Twelve officers successful six cars carried retired a hunt of her Karratha location successful what Cooper believed was a “political motivated” workout successful “intimidation tactics”.

Though determination were aggregate children staying with Cooper, nary 1 was contiguous astatine the clip and constabulary broke the doorway to get inside.

“While I shared my taste cognition and authorization arsenic a accepted custodian, a twelve cops kicked down my unlocked door, locked up my dogs and went done my house,” she said.

“The constabulary recovered thing and charged maine with nary crime.”

Cooper was not progressive successful readying oregon carrying retired the protest.

According to a constabulary interim spot receipt seen by Guardian Australia, the lone items removed from the spot during the hunt were 2 “smoking implements”.

A spokesperson for Western Australian constabulary said successful a connection the hunt was not related to Cooper’s activism oregon Indigenous taste practice enactment but was carried retired arsenic portion of an probe into offences involving 4 different people.

“On Thursday 1 December, Karratha detectives conducted respective hunt warrants nether the Misuse of Drugs Act, 1981,” they said.

“This was a day-of-action, responding to respective assemblage reports received successful caller weeks. These reports described antisocial behaviour, and cause related enactment connected Miles Loop successful Baynton.”

Four radical were charged with 7 offences.

Cooper was not among them and said “to the champion of her knowledge” nary 1 successful her household had been charged immoderate offence.