Protest chargesin Brisbane CBD

Police have arrested 29 people following protest activity in the Brisbane CBD today.

The people, ranging in age from 19 to 75, will appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court on a range of charges including being a pedestrian on a roadway causing an obstruction, obstruct police and contravene direction or requirement.

Around 6am, it will be alleged a man climbed over the Story Bridge and dangled in a harness.

Officers negotiated with the man and at approximately 11:30am he was safely brought up by specialist officers and taken into custody without further incident.

A 49-year-old Brandy Creek man has been charged with unregulated high-risk activity and is due to appear at Brisbane Magistrates Court on October 9.

At around 8am a vehicle drove along George Street and dropped barrels containing concrete and other objects at the intersection of Ann & George Street.

Two protesters allegedly locked themselves to a barrel, with a third protester locking onto another barrel.

The vehicle continued along George Street where a protester allegedly locked themselves onto a barrel, which was positioned on the tray of a vehicle, at the intersection of George Street and Turbot Street.

A boat trailer was also blocking the roadway between George Street, Turbot Street and Ann Street. Five protesters allegedly locked themselves onto the trailer using devices.

Police and specialist officers attended all three incidents and were able to remove protesters from the devices without any injuries.

All roadways effected were cleared at approximately 9am.

At about 11:40am, police received reports of multiple protesters inside a building on Turbot Street.

Officers attended the scene and seven people were taken into custody.

The Queensland Police Service (QPS) acknowledges and respects the right to lawful and peaceful protests and remains committed to working with groups that are cooperative in facilitating protest through lawful activities.

The QPS would also like to thank members of the public for their patience as police and partner agencies work to manage protest activity and minimise disruptions to transportation networks.

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