Extinction Rebellion plans MORE protests to cripple Australia’s economy as country struggles through coronavirus downturn
- Extinction Rebellion protesters are returning to the streets to wreak even more havoc
- A small group of activists re-emerged on a Brisbane street on Wednesday night
- Group leaders had warned of further disruption in inner cities in 2020
Extinction Rebellion protesters are beginning to return to the streets to cause more chaos for commuters.
After months of silence amid the coronavirus pandemic, a small group of the radical environmental activists reemerged in Brisbane on Wednesday night, blocking the road at Kangaroo Point. It is understood they were there to show support for refugees being housed nearby.
A man who was prevented from visiting his dying father was outraged by their antics, 9 News reported.
“Move that shit, I don’t care,” he yelled.
Earlier this year, the Extinction Rebellion promised more disruption on the streets and in inner cities in 2020.
Extinction Rebellion protesters are returning to the streets to cause more chaos for commuters (pictured: protesters in Sydney last October)
Last year an activist was seen hanging from Story Bridge in Brisbane and other protesters taped themselves to the ground (pictured: protesters in Brisbane in February).
The group has been conducting digital protests during the lockdown as gatherings have been banned.
They have organized “social media swarms” to show their support for the sale of Australia’s four largest banks.
Extinction Rebellion protester Tom Howell said groups across the country already have big plans for the coming year.
“People are realizing that it’s our last chance to do something so they’re willing to put their lives on hold and be arrested and face the consequences and probably jail time,” he told Springfield News.
Pictured: Extinction Rebellion protesters take to the streets of Brisbane in December 2019
“There will be many things targeting the industry, conferences as well as urban activism and there is still great impetus for people to go north to the Adani blockade,” he said.
Last year in Brisbane, an activist was hanged from Story Bridge and other protesters taped themselves to the ground.
Of the 46 people arrested during the bridge demonstration, about half received only a $53 fine.
This year’s plan called for industry-specific actions and CBD closures.
Extinction Rebellion activists take part in a disco protest in Melbourne on Friday 11 October 2019
“There are a lot of people who want to approach the fossil fuel industry directly, so whether it’s the headquarters or the industry, there’s definitely a lot of people who want to do it and know they could risk jail time, but are ready are to do it. ‘ said Mr Howell.
The activist group believes “directional nonviolent action” is the way to make a difference amid the climate catastrophe.
“Everything you love is about to burst into flames and your government is throwing fossil fuels on the fire,” Extinction Rebellion SEQ wrote on Facebook.
“Nonviolent direct action is the only way to stop this.”
What is the Extinction Rebellion?
Extinction Rebellion is an environmental activist group formed in the UK in 2018.
The organization has since grown into a global movement with branches in Australia, the US, South Africa and Germany and other countries.
The group’s mission is to “mobilize 3.5% of the population to achieve systems change” through “nonviolent strategies and tactics”.
Members sometimes stage protests in red robes and white face paint.
Die-ins are also a common form of protest.
England’s Counter Terror Police listed Extinction Rebellion as an extremist ideology in January.
The listing has reportedly since been withdrawn.