Extinction Rebellion protester charged after suspending herself 10 metres above Brisbane bridge
Six climate protesters have been charged after placing bike locks around their necks to secure themselves to temporary fencing in Brisbane’s CBD this morning.
- An Extinction Rebellion spokeswoman says they will keep protesting
- She says the group is not trying to upset people “for the sake of it”
- Two protesters had bail conditions imposed banning them from the CBD unless in transit
Specialist police used bolt cutters and angle grinders to remove the Extinction Rebellion protesters who were chained to a metal barricade on the corner of Eagle and Creek streets.
One person had also glued themselves to the road.
Eagle Street was blocked on one side during peak hour traffic with city workers lining the streets to watch the incident unfold.
Extinction Rebellion spokeswoman Laura Harland said the group would continue to protest until something was done to address the “climate crisis”.
“We have been in a climate crisis for the past few years and it hasn’t been spoken about, we need this issue to be addressed as an emergency, which it is,” she said.
“We’ve been noticing that nothing seems to be changing.”
Some angered workers yelled to the group to “get a job”, but Ms Harland said many protesters were actually full-time workers who had taken time off.
She said two of the protesters today were disability and aged care workers.
Extinction Rebellion protesters secured themselves to temporary fencing using bike locks. (ABC News: Melanie Vujkovic)
While she empathised with disrupted drivers, the group was not trying to upset people “for the sake of it”.
“Business as usual cannot continue,” she said.
“People will get upset but they will channel that towards the Government … we’re simply here to highlight that this is an emergency.”
Eric Herbert, 20, from Pelican Waters, appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Wednesday afternoon after being charged with obstructing police, causing an obstruction as a pedestrian, and wilful damage.
The court heard it was the seventh time Mr Herbert had faced court since June.
“It’s time to stop disrupting the motorists of Brisbane,” the police prosecutor told the court.
One onlooker yelled “get a job” to the protesters, however organisers quipped that most were full-time employees. (ABC News: Melanie Vujkovic)
The prosecutor successfully argued that Magistrate Deirdre Swan should impose a bail condition forbidding Mr Herbert from visiting the Brisbane CBD, Fortitude Valley or any connecting bridges unless travelling through the area on public transport.
Mr Herbert was granted bail and his case will be mentioned again on October 16.
Connor Brookes, 18, had similar restrictions on his movement imposed as a condition of bail and is due to appear in court again on November 6.
Isabelle Harland, 23, represented herself and told the court she worked at a disability support worker, but was not currently earning because she was studying and dedicating her efforts to activism.
Ms Swan did not enforce Ms Harland’s previous $1,500 good behaviour bond, but fined her $500.
Police used bolt cutters and angle grinders to remove the protesters. (ABC News: Melanie Vujkovic)
“If you come back to court, this is going to escalate,” Ms Swan said.
“I’m taking into account your circumstances, and that it’s your second offence. I really don’t want to see you back.”
On Monday a woman suspended herself above Victoria Bridge in a makeshift tripod in a climate change protest, and was fined $1,050 after being arrested and charged.
It comes ahead of International Rebellion Week beginning on October 7.