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Police charge 12 after Qld climate demo

Police have charged twelve protesters after Extinction Rebellion activists blocked roads across Brisbane’s CBD during peak hour for the ninth time in three months.

About 150 protesters flooded the city centre and blocked roads from 4pm AEST on Thursday to call for urgent action against climate change.

Police said they intercepted a hired truck driving along Elizabeth Street and seized protest materials inside.

Eleven people were charged with 13 offences, including four counts of contravening a direction and pedestrian obstructing traffic and two counts each of unregulated high-risk activity and public nuisance.

An 18-year-old woman was also charged with one count each of assaulting police and obstructing officers.

She is expected to appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court on February 24.

“Only mass disruptive civil disobedience will force unwilling governments to accept and address the threat posed by the climate crisis,” Extinction Rebellion spokeswoman Rilka Laycock-Walsh said.

The protest also called for the establishment of a citizens assembly with the legal power to address climate change and ecological collapse.

Police said they respected the right of people to take part in lawful and peaceful protests.

“Those wanting to protest were provided the opportunity to do so peacefully and lawfully throughout the evening while police took action against those who attempted to cause deliberate disruption to our community,” they said.

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