Major Week Of Climate Change Protests To Hit Australian Cities
Climate change activists are planning a week of protests in Australian cities and they expect to be arrested.
The Extinction Rebellion movement is planning a "spring rebellion" across Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra, Perth, Hobart, Adelaide and Cairns from Monday until Sunday.
It's part of the climate group's international rebellion, with activities planned in at least 60 cities around the world.
"This isn’t a distant apocalypse," the Extinction Rebellion website reads.
"People all over the world are suffering and dying right now. Whole species are going extinct. And it will only get worse. The time to act is now."
Thousands of people have indicated they are "attending" the Australian events on Facebook.
In Sydney, a "rising tide and picnic" is planned in the Royal Botanic Garden of Sydney, before a march starts in Belmore Park at 1.30pm.
In Melbourne, protesters plan to occupy a large park in the CBD for a week, conducting a range of "highly disruptive non-violent actions" as well as more family friendly, non-arrestable actions.
In Canberra, a "slow march" disruption of the Commonwealth Avenue bridge is planned.
And in Brisbane, where much of Extinction Rebellion's activity has been focused, daily occupations and disruptions are planned for the entire week.
The Extinction Rebellion movement says it is open for anyone and everyone to join them.
"You can't count on us or Greta to do this for you," it said, referring to Swedish teenage activist Greta Thunberg.
"You have to look inside yourself and rebel.
"Leave your desk. Invite your boss. Walk out of school. Switch off the TV. Put down your phone. Get on the streets. And bring everybody."
Police have warned activists they are ready for protests, and will use force if necessary.
Acting Chief Superintendent Tony Fleming condemned Extinction Rebellion's tactics -- which have seen people glue themselves to roads -- as taking police officers away from other duties.
"Weeks like this have a significant impact on our other business, which is about keeping the community safe," he said.
He compared it to the mass Climate Strikes a few weeks earlier, which he called a peaceful "celebration".
"It contrasts significantly with the numbers of people who behave this way, against the Climate Strike protest we had the other week," he said.
"That was really peaceful, it was actually a bit of a celebration of people who hold strong views."
To find out about Extinction Rebellion activities planned worldwide, go here.
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