Nine arrests as CBD protesters swarm

 


POLICE have confirmed nine people have been arrested so far from this morning's protest as police take action to prevent peak hour chaos in Brisbane's CBD.

Commuters were warned to expect major disruption a climate change activist group launches another peak-hour protest, but police have warned protesters they will be arrested if they block any intersection and refuse to move on.

The number of arrests is higher than Monday's protest where seven activists were arrested.

It is unclear how many charges will be made.

A heavy contingent of police are shadowing the protesters as they move to the intersection outside the Roma St fire station, with the activist group saying four people have been arrested so far.

Two climate change protesters are arrested by police in the Brisbane CBD. Picture: Andrea Macleod
Two climate change protesters are arrested by police in the Brisbane CBD. Picture: Andrea Macleod

Members of Extinction Rebellion, the group who disrupted the CBD last Thursday and on Monday, are swarming the streets and targeting intersections, but police have warned them they will be arrested, taken to the watch house and charged if they do not move on when asked.

As a result, protesters aren't blocking any intersections currently, but motorists are still unleashing their frustration, with some yelling "get a f***ing job".

 

Paramedics treat an injured motorcyclist at a Brisbane CBD intersection. Photo: Sophie Chirgwin
Paramedics treat an injured motorcyclist at a Brisbane CBD intersection. Photo: Sophie Chirgwin

The group are standing on the pathway chanting. Eric Serge is among those who have been arrested this morning.

Extinction Rebellion spokesman Greg Rolls said two people were glued to the road at Countess St for 10 minutes before police arrested them.

A much smaller group of protesters are preparing to move through the city now, leaving Queens Plaza.

Earlier, a motorcyclist was hit by a car close to where a climate change protest is getting under way in Brisbane's CBD this morning.

Paramedics are treating the motorcyclist after he collided with a car at the intersection of Elizabeth St and William St just after 7am.

Seven members of the climate change activist group were arrested during Monday's protest.

The group met at Queens Park at 7:30am before starting traffic disruption.

A stretcher on the scene of the crash. Photo: Sophie Chirgwin
A stretcher on the scene of the crash. Photo: Sophie Chirgwin

It comes as Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk urged protesters to stop blocking Brisbane streets, warning them that someone could get hurt because of their disruptive behaviour.

Police are seen talking to Extinction Rebellion protesters as they block morning peak hour traffic at the corner of Margaret and George Streets in Brisbane, Monday, July 15, 2019. (AAP Image/Darren England)
Police are seen talking to Extinction Rebellion protesters as they block morning peak hour traffic at the corner of Margaret and George Streets in Brisbane, Monday, July 15, 2019. (AAP Image/Darren England)

Ms Palaszczuk said blocking streets was not the way to put a point across, adding that their protests were "actually turning people against their cause".

Traffic is blocked by protesters. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt)
Traffic is blocked by protesters. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt)


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