Further climate change protests are expected to bring traffic to a standstill in Brisbane on Tuesday morning.
Activist Group Extinction Rebellion is staging Brisbane: Rebellion Day, encouraging protestors to meet in front of the state parliament building at 7am before the group marches to 1 William Street at 8am. Extinction Rebellion has a permit to assemble at 1 William Street from 7.30am to 2pm. A the time of writing, 871 people have RSVPed to the march’s Facebook event page, with another 2200 people expressing interest in the event.
The action is expected to cause significant delays to peak hour traffic in and around the CBD tomorrow.
“We accept that this disruption will affect people’s day to day lives as our Rebellion must happen to disrupt the business as usual of a system that is accelerating the existential threat to all of earth’s species, including humans,” the protestors wrote in a post for the Facebook event.
The Queensland Police Service is advising people travelling within central Brisbane tomorrow to consider their transport options. The protest is “expected to cause significant disruption to traffic in the Central Business District and South Brisbane”, the QPS wrote in a media statement.
Superintendent Chris Stream said in the statement that police acknowledge Extinction Rebellion’s right to lawful and peaceful protest, and the QPS is committed to working with groups that are cooperative and facilitating protest through lawful activities.
“Police and partner agencies are working closely to manage the protest and minimise as much as possible disruptions to transportation networks,” Stream said.
“We continue to urge protest leaders to engage with police so that we can map out a solution for lawful and peaceful protest activity,” he said.
“QPS planning is well-advanced and we continue to review our arrangements to meet the current protest environment.”
Brisbane City Council said in a Facebook note that “members of the public are encouraged to take into consideration potential impacts on travelling if they are planning to be in the vicinity of the CBD.”
Further information on the protest can be found here.