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Pocock: no regrets over arrest at mine protest

December 2, 2014

SYDNEY (AP) — Former Australia rugby captain David Pocock says he has no regrets over his arrest Sunday at a protest against a coal mine being constructed in a state forest in northern New South Wales.

Pocock has been issued with a written warning by the Australian Rugby Union over his arrest. He will appear in court on Jan. 14 charged with entering enclosed land without lawful excuse.

Zimbabwe-born Pocock chained himself to a super digger machine and was one of seven people arrested during the protest at the Maules Creek Mine in the Leard State Forest.

In a Tumblr blog post Tuesday, Pocock said “until this weekend, I have never participated in non-violent direct action. I have always hesitated - concerned about the impact this might have on my career.”

Pocock said he chose to protest to express his opposition to the fossil fuels industry and its effects on climate.

“While people may not agree with me being arrested, I hope they will see this as an opportunity to further the conversation about climate change and engage more people in helping to shape what is all of our futures,” Pocock said.

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