Extinction Rebel activists have shut down a part of the Melbourne CBD to protest logging by Vic Forests.
The local weather protesters gathered on Bourke and Queen Avenue intersections on Wednesday at about 12pm, which blocked off entry to the roads in each instructions.
Two protesters on Queen Avenue had been seen hanging from six-metre-high tripods in koala fits.
Across the nook on Bourke Avenue, two different activists had their palms in barrels which had been glued to the highway.
One protester donned a masks of Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews’ face and proceeded to faux to chop down a tree utilizing a pretend chainsaw.
Vic Forests is wholly owned by the state authorities.
The activist group livestreamed the demonstration to Extinction Rebel VIC’s Fb web page.
One of many contributors instructed the digital camera the protest was being staged to “make some extent to an organisation that lives simply across the nook from right here … that native logging is a disaster”.
“My poor koala pals are dropping their houses,” she mentioned.
“Not simply dropping their houses however being pushed to extinction by the actions of Vic Forests.”
After greater than three hours, Victoria Police’s Search and Rescue Squad had been known as in to clear protesters connected to barrels or hanging from tripods.
Extinction Rebel members tried to barter with Victoria Police to permit the tripods to remain on Queen Avenue for 2 extra hours however the police “didn’t wish to play ball,” in keeping with the activist group.
As soon as eliminated, the protesters had been arrested and brought to Melbourne West Police Station.
Extinction Rebel introduced on the Fb livestream they had been going to “have a celebration” on the police station whereas ready for arrested members to be launched.
“We’re going to have a little bit gathering there, look forward to our courageous rebels to get out of custody,” a person mentioned on the livestream.
Extra protests have been deliberate by the group for Melbourne’s CBD on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.