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Australia’s Pocock has no regrets over mine protest arrest

Reuters, SYDNEY

Wallabies flanker David Pocock has made no apologies for his arrest following an environmental protest over the weekend, despite his employers issuing him with a written warning.

The Zimbabwe-born 26-year-old, who has been sidelined for the past two years by knee injuries, was among seven protesters who chained themselves to equipment at a blockade at Whitehaven Coal’s Maules Creek mine in the Leard State Forest on Sunday.

All were granted conditional bail after arrest, while Pocock was also given a written warning for breaching its code of conduct by the Australian Rugby Union, which was endorsed by his Super Rugby side, the ACT Brumbies.

Pocock said he had no regrets about his arrest and felt it was imperative people spoke out on issues they are passionate about.

“My parents were always clear with my brothers and I when we were growing up that you have to have the courage of your convictions and that when you commit to something you must fully commit,” Pocock, who returned to pre-season training with the Brumbies on Monday, wrote on the tumblr microblogging Web site. “All around the world people are resorting to nonviolent direct action and civil disobedience to highlight the deep inequalities represented by the climate crisis.”

“While people may not agree with me being arrested, I hope they will see this as an opportunity to further the conversation,” he said.

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