Western Highway protesters pulled from Victoria’s Parliament

Protesters brought Victoria’s Parliament to a halt yesterday afternoon, draping a banner and chanting “listen to Djab Wurrung.”

The group was quickly removed by security whilst a person from the Parliament floor yelled “we should chop her hands off,” when one protester’s glued hands were pulled from the railing.

A 24-year-old Preston woman was interviewed and released, expected to be charged on summons following the protest.

“We have demanded that these politicians seated beneath us stop ignoring First Nations People and protect the cultural landscape of the Djab Wurrung and the sacred women’s birthing trees there,” Beth, a student involved in the protest told Junkee.

“The government must listen to all Victorians including the Djab Wurrung people.”

Leading Djab Wurrung protester, Zellanach Djab Mara, said on Facebook that the Djab Wurrung protesters at Buangor did not have anything to do with the incident.

The Western Highway Duplication has been delayed for over a year but protesters need to vacate the site between Buangor and Ararat before Thursday 22nd July, when work is expected to commence.