No violence among G20's largest protest group


THE Maleny man who helped organise the biggest protest throughout the G20 in Brisbane has labelled it a success.

BrisCAN group member Franklin Bruinstroop (pictured) joined about 2000 people for the G20 People's March, comprising a number of groups.

While his biggest passions are social justice and the environment, his fellow activists protested about everything from decolonising Australian society and Aboriginal rights to equality for refugees.

Women dressed in white with long feathered wings, known as "anti-coal angels", held "coal kills" posters and two people - dressed in beige bodysuits with nipples and pubic hair painted on - carried "don't suppress my undress" and "redress for those with less" placards.

But the G20 demonstrations did not just draw people locally and interstate, Borneo man Arie Rompastravelled to Brisbane for the summit and BHP general meeting to protest against mines being built near his home.

With no outbreaks of violence during the march to Musgrave Park in South Brisbane, Mr Bruinstroop labelled it a success.

But just across the road police arrested a prohibited activist who was trying to enter the declared G20 security zone.

Ciaron O'Reilly told officers who swooped on him that he wanted to speak with United States President Barack Obama about freeing Chelsea Manning.

The US soldier was imprisoned for releasing classified documents to WikiLeaks.

Mr O'Reilly told police no one had explained to him why he was barred.

Three other people were arrested throughout the day, including a 25-year-old woman and 44-year-old man.

The Dinmore man and The Gap woman were charged with possessing a prohibited item. Police had no information about the third person arrested at the time of print.

Queensland Police Service Deputy Commissioner Ross Barnett said police expected to see the most protests yesterday.

"The reality is this is the most significant peace time security event that Australia has seen," he said.


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