No regrets for Pocock after arrest

Date published: December 2 2014

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Wallabies flanker David Pocock doesn’t regret his arrest at a protest against a proposed coalmine in New South Wales’ Leard Forest.

Wallabies flanker David Pocock has no regrets over his arrest at a protest against a proposed coalmine in New South Wales’ Leard Forest.

Pocock has been issued with a written warning by the Australian Rugby Union over his arrest. He will appear in court on January 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.”

The Brumbies stalwart 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,” explained Pocock.

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