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ANOHNI to Protest Uranium Mine With 110-Mile Walk Across Australian Desert

Singer Antony Hegarty (L) poses with Aboriginal artists in front of the painting 'Kalyu', meaning water, at Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art on June 22, 2015. The Aboriginal group is protesting a proposed uranium mine on their land in Australia's remote far northwest on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert. Hegarty, best known for his work with Antony and the Johnsons, said he supported the protest and that environmental issues were a global problem.AFP PHOTO / Saeed KHAN (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)

ANOHNI has announced that two days from now, she plans to join the Martu, an indigenous Australian community, on an eight-day, 110-mile walk across the Western Australian desert. The move, which will include more than 100 Martu people from in and around Parnngurr, is a protest against plans to build a uranium mine within 50 miles of the community. The plan is a joint venture between Cameco and Mitsubishi and has received approval from the federal government, posing “a threat to [the Martu people’s] wellbeing,” according to ANOHNI.

In 2013, the Hopelessness singer spent ten days living with the Martu. She has also advocated on their behalf by donating concert proceeds, performing at benefits, and more. Read her statement below, posted via Instagram.

ANOHNI TO WALK 180 KM ACROSS WESTERN AUSTRALIAN DESERT WITH THE MARTU PEOPLE TO SUPPORT FIGHT AGAINST URANIUM MINE “In 2 days time, I am joining my Martu friends Nola and Curtis Taylor, over 100 other people from Parnngurr and neighboring communities, and other supporters from around the country on an 8 day, 180 Km protest walk from their remote community to the site of Mitsubishi and Cameco’s proposed open cart uranium mine in the Western Australian Desert. The proposed Kintyre mine is on their traditional lands and a threat to their well-being, as well as being gouged out of Karlamilyi National Park. Curtis and I did a piece about it on National Indigenous Television network today.” – Anohni image of Martu artist Ngalangka Nola Curtis #martupeople #martumob #uraniummine #indigenousrights #protest #corporatecorruption #karlamilyi #mitsubishi #camecocorporation #parnngurr

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