Superintendent Brett Greentree says Newcastle police will not tolerate dangerous or unlawful behaviour during anti-coal protests

Newcastle’s police chief has issued a warning that unlawful and dangerous behaviour won’t be tolerated during protests planned for this weekend.

A high visibility police operation will run from Friday to Sunday, with anti-coal demonstrations planned for on land and water.

“Our priority this weekend is to ensure the public is safe, while minimising any impact on the local community,” Newcastle City Police District commander Superintendent Brett Greentree said.

“We recognise and support the rights of individuals and groups to exercise their rights of free speech and peaceful assembly in a safe environment, however, we also need to ensure members of the public and local businesses can go about their normal everyday activities without unnecessary impact.

“Police will not tolerate unlawful behaviour or any actions that risk the safety of others. This includes protestors who often endanger their own lives.”