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January 18, 2020 - Buzz Feed

Australia‘s Leader Called For A Crackdown On Environmentalists Before Fires Broke Out

Australia‘s Leader Called For A Crackdown On Environmentalists Before Fires Broke Out
Prime Minister MorrisonCredit: Commonwealth of Australia (CC-BY-4.0)

Governments are increasingly casting environmental activism as a new kind of extremism, punishing and marginalizing protesters.

Just weeks before unprecedented wildfires broke out across Australia, killing an estimated 1 billion animals, the prime minister declared that the country faced a terrible threat: environmental protesters. “A new breed of radical activism is on the march,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in a November speech. He added that there was a “place for peaceful protests,” but he wasn’t going to stand for environmentalists obstructing and delaying mining projects.

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