Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. 24/7 Space News .

Malaysia convoy in Australia rare earth plant protest
by Staff Writers
Kuala Lumpur (AFP) Dec 31, 2012

A convoy of cars carrying protesters drove across Malaysia on Monday in the latest demonstration against an Australian rare earths plant that activists claim will produce dangerous radioactive waste.

It came as demonstrators launched a hunger strike in the capital Kuala Lumpur in protest at the plant run by Lynas Corp, which began processing rare earths last month after a delay of more than a year due to strong opposition.

The Australian miner hopes the $800-million plant can help break the Chinese stranglehold on the market for rare earths, used in everything from missiles to mobile phones, but the project has been dogged by controversy from the start.

Some 100 activists in 20 cars wearing green T-shirts began their protest from the headquarters of the opposition Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party, located just outside the capital Kuala Lumpur.

At least 150 cars are expected to join the convoy during the six-hour journey to the Lynas plant in eastern Pahang state, organisers said.

"It is our struggle to bring down this corrupt regime and evict Lynas from Malaysia," said activist Wong Tack, chairman of the "Himpunan Hijau" movement which is spearheading the anti-Lynas campaign.

He was referring to the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition which has backed the Lynas facility in the industrial area of Gebeng. Anti-Lynas campaigners have vowed to support the opposition in elections due by the end of June.

The protest will culminate with a rally and a candlelit vigil outside the Lynas plant, said Wong.

In central Kuala Lumpur, more than 30 people including children began a 100-hour hunger strike to oppose the Lynas refinery.

"We must protect our environment," said one participant, Tan Wen Shi, a 15-year-old student.

Residents and activists say the plant will release radioactive gases and solid waste such as radium and lead, as well as small amounts of uranium.

But Lynas has insisted that any radioactive waste would be low-level and not harmful and that it would be safely disposed of.


Related Links
Space Technology News - Applications and Research

Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

Foam's Future Seen in Space and Industry
Cape Canaveral FL (SPX) Dec 31, 2012
Materials designed with specialized thermal properties have been integral components of NASA's space shuttles and other launch vehicles for many years. Now, two thermal insulation systems developed by scientists at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida may have application for future exploration programs, as well as the commercial world. The thermal insulation system known as layered comp ... read more

Russia designs manned lunar spacecraft

GRAIL Lunar Impact Site Named for Astronaut Sally Ride

NASA probes crash into the moon

No plans of sending an Indian on moon

Curiosity Rover Takes Detailed Self-Portrait on Mars

Russia May Join ExoMars Project in Q1 2013

Working Through the Holidays

Clays on Mars: More Plentiful Than Expected

NASA Puts Orion Backup Parachutes to the Test

White House to honor scientists, inventors

TDRS-K Arrives at Kennedy for Launch Processing

Sierra Nevada Corporation Selected by NASA to Receive Human Spaceflight Certification Products Contract

Mr Xi in Space

China plans manned space launch in 2013: state media

China to launch manned spacecraft

Tiangong 1 Parked And Waiting As Shenzhou 10 Mission Prep Continues

Expedition 34 Ready to Ring in New Year

New ISS crew docked at Space Station

Expedition 34 Spends Christmas in Space

Three astronauts blast off for ISS in Russian craft

Investigation into Proton Launch Anomaly Continues as Root Cause is being Evaluated

NASA's Space Launch System Core Stage Passes Major Milestone, Ready to Start Construction

Investigation into Proton Launch Anomaly Continues as Root Cause is being Evaluated

Ariane 5 ECA orbits Skynet 5D and Mexsat Bicentenario satellites

Spiral Structure of Disk May Reveal Planets

Closest sun-like star may have planets

Nearby star is good candidate for Earth-like planets

Venus transit and lunar mirror could help astronomers find worlds around other stars

Malaysia convoy in Australia rare earth plant protest

All Systems Go for Highest Altitude Supercomputer

Foam's Future Seen in Space and Industry

General Dynamics Delivers Digital Video Exploitation System to Australian Army for Operations in Afghanistan

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement