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French journos charged at Qld mine protest

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Four French journalists have been charged with trespassing while covering a protest against Adani's Carmichael coal mine (AAP Image/Supplied, Frontline Action on Coal) 

French journalists have been charged with trespassing while covering a protest against Adani's Carmichael coal mine in northern Queensland.

They were caught up in a protest at Adani's Queensland coal terminal where two demonstrators locked their hands inside a barrel.

Activist group Frontline Action on Coal is on Monday demonstrating against work on Adani's proposed Carmichael coal mine at the Abbot Point terminal just north of Bowen.

Four French journalists, including reporter Hugo Clement, and a Victorian man have been charged with trespassing on a railway.

Two Victorian women, aged 20 and 22, have been charged with trespassing on a railway, obstructing a railway and contravening a police direction.

The demonstrations come after reports Adani would begin clearing land on Galilee Basin mine site this week.

Activists say the journalists were handcuffed and put in the back of a police car.

They were covering the protests which police said began about 6am on Monday.

Queensland opposition leader Deb Frecklington says the protesters were "attacking jobs" that are not related to the mining industry.

"A number of businesses who have nothing to do with the resources industry couldn't access their properties," Ms Frecklington posted on Twitter.

Activists also targeted a concrete plant reportedly linked to the mining company in Brisbane on Monday.

A 75-year-old woman was among three demonstrators arrested following a two hour stand-off with police.

Queensland Police released a statement which said the organisation "supports lawful and peaceful protest and is committed to working with groups to plan and facilitate lawful activities".

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