‘Burning Pram Lady’ sentenced after spending 16 days in jail for climate change protest

Albert McKnight 2 September 2021 9
Deanna Marie 'Violet' Coco and Cate Adam

Extinction Rebellion’s Deanna Marie ‘Violet’ Coco and Cate Adams outside the ACT Courts on Thursday. Photo: Albert McKnight.

A climate change activist known as the ‘Burning Pram Lady’ will continue to push for government action on global warming, despite recently spending 16 days behind bars.

On 10 August, Extinction Rebellion protested at Parliament House, with members of the non-violent civil disobedience movement gluing their hands to the ground, graffitiing buildings and setting a pram on fire.

Deanna Marie ‘Violet’ Coco was arrested over the pram incident which left scorch marks on the ground and spray paint on the building.

The 30-year-old pleaded guilty to charges of damaging Commonwealth property, as well as unreasonable obstruction from an incident on 4 August.

On Thursday (2 September), prosecutor Zoe Hough told the ACT Magistrates Court that Coco spent 16 days in custody as a result of her not applying for bail, rather than bail being refused.


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Coco tried to tell the court the proceedings were about a “much more complex issue” but was shut down by Magistrate Robert Cook.

“I’m not here to receive any political statements,” he said.

However, he said he understood her passionate approach was moved deeply by those things for which she had a genuine concern.

Coco said her intention was only to damage her own property and she pointed out she had set the pram on fire near a pond.

Deanna Marie ‘Violet’ Coco, 30, glues her hand to the ground outside Parliament House. Photo: Extinction Rebellion.

But Magistrate Cook said her actions meant someone had to clean up what was left behind using chemicals, which he thought she would have been against using.

She ultimately asked for a non-conviction.

“The Australian people and community are really behind the action and I feel we really speak for them and it was the right thing to do,” she said.

The court also heard Coco worked full-time and unpaid in community-based organisations and was not on welfare.


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But Magistrate Cook convicted her and sentenced her to six months of good behaviour obligations. If she breaches them, she faces fines that total $400.

Several of Coco’s co-accused have already had their matters finalised, Ms Hough said.

Four were fined $20, three received non-convictions and one entered a not guilty plea and will next appear in court in November.

In a media release on Thursday, Extinction Rebellion called Coco the movement’s ‘Burning Pram Lady’.

“I set fire to the pram to force the government to look directly in the eyes of the generation of children whose futures are being burned up due to their failure to protect them from the effects of climate breakdown,” Coco said.

Outside the court, she told journalists the current trajectory of global warming would result in billions of deaths, starvation and a lack of water supply.

She said she intended to be of good behaviour, which she believed included continuing actions of civil disobedience.


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9 Responses to ‘Burning Pram Lady’ sentenced after spending 16 days in jail for climate change protest
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jessie jessie 2:18 pm 03 Sep 21

Leaving her glued to the pavement for a month might have been a more ‘creative’ punishment.
Look forward to her gluing herself outside the Chinese Embassy when her good behaviour time is up.

nobody nobody 10:06 am 03 Sep 21

“The Australian people and community are really behind the action and I feel we really speak for them and it was the right thing to do,” she said.

No Coco, you don’t speak for the people, and it was not the right thing to do. Most people who are in a cult don’t realise it, so Coco, XR is a cult, a doomsday cult.

Acton Acton 7:20 am 03 Sep 21

The dumb face and thought processes of a naive hypocrite. She protests the impact on the environment of climate change by creating thick black smoke pollution, (probably started with fuel), destroys a pram that could have been donated, leaves scorch marks and spray paints a public building that neccesitates the use of cleaning chemicals. She has also succeeded in alienating people from her cause. What an fool.

    Capital Retro Capital Retro 9:01 am 03 Sep 21

    The perfect role model for today’s neo-Marxists being mass produced by our failed education system.

Futureproof Futureproof 4:56 am 03 Sep 21

Protesting that the Earth is too hot, all whilst wearing a beanie and jumper

Bizi Kat Bizi Kat 10:38 pm 02 Sep 21

Great work Canberra Rebels, Love and Rage

    Capital Retro Capital Retro 8:15 am 03 Sep 21

    What does this have to do with a motorcycle club?

kenbehrens kenbehrens 9:07 pm 02 Sep 21

She’s been arrested, been before the Court, spent 16 days in jail and us, the tax payer has paid for her indulgences.
I could be wrong, but I assume she’s not in paid employment, so we might be paying for her again.
Next time she’s arrested, a lengthy custodial sentence might wipe the smugness off her face.

Capital Retro Capital Retro 6:02 pm 02 Sep 21

“She said she intended to be of good behaviour, which she believed included continuing actions of civil disobedience.”

Unbelievable.

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