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Traffic chaos in Brisbane’s CBD as climate activists protest

Traffic chaos in Brisbane’s CBD as ‘extremist’ climate activists and Greenie politicians block roads during peak hour

More than 100 climate change protesters have gathered in Brisbane’s CBD, sparking traffic and commuter chaos.

The mass demonstration led by Brisbane Greens councillor Jonathan Sri got underway at 8am on Wednesday morning and is en route to state parliament.

Several streets in the CBD are blocked off to traffic, causing major delays. 

‘Some roads including George Street are closed to traffic. Commuters are urged to use public transport,’ Queensland Police posted. 

On Wednesday morning, Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner described protesters as ‘extremists’.

‘Even the CMFEU takes a more reasonable approach than these extremists,’ Cr Schrinner told ABC Radio.

The protest ahead after Brisbane Council lost a last minute court battle to stop the march organised by Councillor Sri.

‘The Lord Mayor took me to court this morning to prevent a peaceful protest march through the city. We won. But we mustn’t take our civil liberties for granted. The State Government is still trying to water down our right to peaceful assembly,’ he tweeted on Tuesday night. 

Cr Schrinner denied his unsuccessful bid to stop the protest was an attack on civil liberties.

‘People have the right to protest, but not at the expense of the travelling public,’ he said on Tuesday.

‘I refuse to let Brisbane residents fall victim to Cr Sri’s extreme tactics to disrupt the daily lives of Brisbane residents.’ 

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