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ABC Online:

Aborigines step up bypass protest

Aboriginal protesters have brought work to a halt on the Brighton Bypass in Tasmania’s south.

Protesters padlocked the construction site earlier today.

Police were called but have since left the area.

Workers are now standing around and construction is at a standstill.

Protesters have vowed to return to the site everyday to stop a bridge being built over aboriginal artefacts in the Jordan River Levee.

About 70 protesters descended on building works from their camp at the Brighton bypass.

New fences were erected overnight around one of the sites protesters are trying to protect.

On Monday, Environment Minister Brian Wightman gave the green light to a 70-metre bridge spanning the Jordan River levee.

Protesters believe the bridge work will destroy 40,000-year-old Aboriginal relics.

Aboriginal spokesman Aaron Everett says protesters are prepared to risk arrest to stop the bridge.

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