THE group Pulp the Mill is committed to peaceful community protest as a means of being heard at a time when our serious concerns about the pulp mill and its approval process have simply been ignored.
The objective of peaceful community protest is to show politicians and potential investors of the proposed pulp mill the depth and extent of community opposition towards it.
However, we deeply deplore the vandalism that occurred at John Gay's house.
This kind of activity is totally unacceptable and is to be fully condemned.
As a group we denounce any acts of vandalism, sabotage or violence.
Advocates of peaceful protest are responsible citizens, concerned about the divisions the proposed mill has created in our state.
We hold fast to the following guidelines: to not use or return physical or verbal violence towards any person or property; to not place ourselves, or others, in obvious danger; where possible to maintain the safety of everyone in and around the action.
Protesters are trained before taking part in an action, and we promote respect for the police.
A decision to be arrested for civil disobedience is one few make lightly.
It was no snap decision for those who chose to be arrested outside Parliament House in August, or during the Community Forum at Beaconsfield in October.
But we firmly believe the threat that the proposed pulp mill poses for the future of every Tasmanian - especially those who live in the Tamar Valley - and the process by which our state government enabled it to secure approval more than justifies peaceful protest. However, Pulp the Mill fully dissociates ourselves from any form of violence and vandalism whatsoever.