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Climate change protesters Extinction Rebellion cause peak-hour traffic chaos in Brisbane on bikes

Incredibly hip climate change activists chant ‘wake up’ during bizarre bike protest – with one screaming ‘f***ing pigs’ to police who tried to move them on

  • Extinction Rebellion protesters on bikes shut down Brisbane CBD during peak-hour while chanting ‘wake up’ 
  • Police removed two protesters for disobeying them, while another reportedly yelled out ‘f**king pigs’
  • The group laid on the ground pretending to be dead next to signs reading: ‘climate denial is mass murder’ 
  • Notorious activist Eric Herbert – who glued himself to a Brisbane street in June – was among the protesters 

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Extinction Rebellion protesters on bikes have shut down the streets of Brisbane during peak-hour while chanting ‘wake up’.

More than 70 climate change activists started their campaign in Kuripla Park at around 7.30am on Friday before blocking off busy CBD roads.

Police intervened and removed two protesters for disobeying them, while another reportedly yelled out ‘f**king pigs’. 

Notorious environmental activist Eric Herbert – who infamously glued himself to a Brisbane street in June – was among the protesters.

Extinction Rebellion protesters shut down the streets of Brisbane while chanting ‘wake up’ on Friday morning

Protesters were seen laying on the ground pretending to be dead next to signs reading: 'climate denial is mass murder'

Protesters were seen laying on the ground pretending to be dead next to signs reading: ‘climate denial is mass murder’

The group said their plan was to ride to Parliament House before performing a 'die in' at King George Square

The group said their plan was to ride to Parliament House before performing a ‘die in’ at King George Square

The group said their plan was to ride to Parliament House before performing a ‘die in’ at King George Square.

Protesters were seen laying on the ground pretending to be dead next to signs reading: ‘climate denial is mass murder’ and ‘there is no future on a dead planet’.

‘It (riding a bike) also bypasses the traffic stoppages that are set to get more frequent as our politicians fail to take necessary action on climate change,’ the group said in a statement.

Among the protesters was Greens candidate for Brisbane Lord Mayor Kath Angus. 

‘I’m really passionate about active transport. I’m a cyclist and I’ve had a lot of critical incidents so I think it’s really important that we draw attention to the lack of safety in the city,’ she told the Courier Mail. 

Notorious environmental activist Eric Herbert (front left) - who infamously glued himself to a Brisbane street in June - was among the protesters

Notorious environmental activist Eric Herbert (front left) – who infamously glued himself to a Brisbane street in June – was among the protesters

More than 70 climate change activists started their campaign in Kuripla Park at around 7.30 on Friday morning before blocking off busy CBD roads

More than 70 climate change activists started their campaign in Kuripla Park at around 7.30 on Friday morning before blocking off busy CBD roads

Extinction Rebellion describes themselves as 'an international movement that uses non-violent civil disobedience in an attempt to halt mass extinction and minimise the risk of social collapse'

Extinction Rebellion describes themselves as ‘an international movement that uses non-violent civil disobedience in an attempt to halt mass extinction and minimise the risk of social collapse’ 

‘I’ve come along to be an advocate for cycling and support some real action because I think that 20 years of being polite hasn’t done anything and personal action isn’t enough.’

No arrests have been made yet.   

The group has further plans to shut down Brisbane’s CBD, scheduled for the Queen’s Birthday public holiday on October 7. 

Activists have vowed to commit ‘non-violent civil disobedience’ to inconvenience Brisbane commuters.

Extinction Rebellion protesters on bikes shut down the streets of Brisbane during peak-hour this morning while chanting 'wake up'

Extinction Rebellion protesters on bikes shut down the streets of Brisbane during peak-hour this morning while chanting ‘wake up’

The protest is not just scheduled in Brisbane, with the International Extinction Rebellion community holding events in various cities around the world on the same date.

The group are expecting thousands of activists to attend the rally, with the organisation running workshops educating protesters on how to conduct their demonstrations, as well as how to deal with police and media.

‘With certainty, we now know that failure to force swift and radical action on the climate crisis will result in the deaths of billions of humans and untold numbers of other species on this planet,’ the event post reads.

‘With this is mind, the International Extinction Rebellion community has chosen October 7th to bring mass non-violent civil disobedience to cities around the world.’

Notorious activist Eric Herbert - who is the brother of Insta-famous model sisters Elisha and Renee - showed up for the protest on his bike

Notorious activist Eric Herbert – who is the brother of Insta-famous model sisters Elisha and Renee – showed up for the protest on his bike 

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