Extinction Rebellion protesters subject to bail conditions 'designed for bikie gangs'

Some of the 44 protesters arrested this week claim to have suffered injuries and say they were asked to sign bail conditions 'designed for bikie gangs'.

9/10/2019 10:45:00 AM

Protesters arrested as part of the Extinction Rebellion have been told not to attend any further demonstrations organised by the group and have been ordered not to go within 2.5 kilometres radius of the Sydney CBD

Some of the 44 protesters arrested this week claim to have suffered injuries and say they were asked to sign bail conditions 'designed for bikie gangs'.

Very large text sizeProtesters arrested as part of the Extinction Rebellion have been told not to attend any further demonstrations organised by the group and have been ordered not to go within 2.5 kilometres radius of the Sydney CBD.Some of the 44 protesters arrested this week, including former Greens senator Scott Ludlam, claim to have suffered injuries and say they were asked to sign bail conditions "designed for bikie gangs".

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Lily Campbell being arrested on Monday.Credit:Dean SewellNSW Police did not comment on injuries caused to protesters and said it "does not comment on individual bail conditions". Police have said that the alleged offences committed "range from obstruct traffic to disobey reasonable direction".

A Western Sydney University academic says he was taken to hospital in the back of a police van on Monday after suffering wrist and arm injuries when officers dragged him off Parramatta Road during a climate change protest.AdvertisementMartin Wolterding said he was taken to hospital after suffering arm and torso injuries while being removed from a protest by police.

Credit:Pallavi SinghalMartin Wolterding, 75, said he was not resisting police and offered to walk off the road himself."I was lying there quietly and peacefully on Parramatta Road and police told me I had to move on," Mr Wolterding said."When I remained silent, they picked me up and dragged me back with my arms in what they call a wrist lock and the pain was intense, and they continued to do that even though I told them I would walk. When I got to the police van, my arm started to swell up ... and they took me to hospital because they thought they might have broken my arm."

President of the NSW Civil Liberties Council Pauline Write said the bail conditions that the protesters were asked to sign were more commonly imposed on bikie gangs and those on terrorism charges."They're disproportionate to the gravity of the offences with which these people were charged, which would carry a small fine if not a section 10 dismissal," Ms Wright said.

She said it would also be difficult to identify other members of the large protest group in order to not associate with them."These people are also required to go into Downing Centre Court, which is in the Sydney CBD, so they'll have to breach the bail conditions to come to court or obey them by not going to court and face having a warrant issued for their arrest," Ms Wright said.

Assistant Commissioner Mick Willing said police respected the right of individuals and groups to protest, but "we have a responsibility to the community and local businesses to ensure they can go about their normal activities".“Anyone who chooses to flout the rules and cause trouble should expect to feel the full force of the law," he said.

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LoadingLily Campbell, a 22-year-old student at the University of Sydney, said she was held in police custody for 27 hours after refusing to sign the bail conditions."I was kept in a police cell for 27 hours and was offered no food for the first 17 hours in custody and police tried to force me to sign onerous bail conditions that were designed for bikie gangs," Ms Campbell said.

NSW Greens MP David Shoebridge said police were using "pain management techniques to cause deliberate harm"."We all understand police have a job to do but it does not involve causing unnecessary pain and injury to protesters who were not resisting," Mr Shoebridge said.

Read more: The Sydney Morning Herald »

Disgusting if only the same could be said for Former Politicians turned Lobbyists then we mite have a better country. Geez you don't need to protest to stop Sydney traffic... Just try driving at peak hour NSW has laws that would make the Taliban blush Is this Australia or North Fucking Korea? MSMWatchdog2013 JOURNALIST NEED TO EXERCISE THEIR COMMITMENT TO THE FOURTH ESTATE. I CALL ON ALL JOURNALIST TO REBEL & REPORT THE TRUTH. STOP COLLUDING WITH IPA AGENDA RETURN TO YOUR CALLING & PASSION REBEL & REPORT WE NEED AN INDEPENDENT 4TH ESTATE

MSMWatchdog2013 This is ILLEGAL DO NOT AGREE TO THE TERMS OF BAIL THE POLICE ARE TRYING TO ENFORCE. IT IS ILLEGAL. CALL LEGAL AID. Environmental protests are protected under the constitutional implied freedom of political communication. Ah, My First Police State testing grounds have gone well given the general public seem absolutely fine with their rights being stripped away. Idiots.

Yeah sure..they will do that....not! You know that they did this in 1933, after a mentally ill person set fire to the Reichstag - they took away everyone’s freedom Injuries, and who's fault is that ? Interestingly there's no criticism whatsoever when it's police force from a western country interfering with protests. But when it's HongKongProtest the narrative becomes so much different.

She should be protesting for more dental care. james_eoghan oh cool creeping fascism Well if the planet’s fucked we may as well do away with civil liberties too...🤷‍♂️ . You can be pretty certain the solution to climate change won’t be found by these exhibitionist clowns. Sounds good. Anti capitalism and doesn’t know it

Blocking regular people from getting to work isn't the way to endear people to your cause. The tactics the Extinction Rebellion protesters are using is losing them support. I'm a scientist, I firmly believe we need to do something to combat climate change, but not like this. Disgusting overstep of the courts here. Hope to see more protesters take to the streets in the coming days.

Have a go at the teeth on this boy Booyeah! Justice prevails Works for me!

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Who are Extinction Rebellion and why are they blocking your commute to work?Workers have been getting to work late because of protesters bearing an image of an hourglass in a circle. So what's it all about? ABC Extinction sounds better. Have become the Far Lefts propagander pusher. Imagine all the ocean trash we could clean by defunding. Free plugs on the tax payer $! defund Do let us know when the climate school strikers grow into angry unemployed juveniles wont you? Short answer: They’re not.

Climate activists use bikes to block morning trafficOne commuter said the ExtinctionRebellion traffic block on Hoddle St was frustrating, even though he supported climate action. 'Does it have to be at peak hour?' he asked. 'It makes me a little against the cause in a way.' 'Preventing human extinction is important, but not important enough to inconvenience me in the slightest' You can be against Extinction Rebellion actions but still support action on climate change. I think ER are ok with that. Don’t conflate anti ER with anti action on climate change. And the world was eternally grateful, as extinction was saved due to the galant efforts of thirty priveliged unemployed white people, stopping traffic with bicycles! How did we not think of this solution before

Haunting pictures from mass protestsPowerful pictures have emerged of climate protesters from Extinction Rebellion (XR) blockading roads and holding mass demonstrations in London and across global cities on the first day of a two-week “rebellion” as they demand action on climate change. Water cannon and tear gas are all that is needed to curb these arseholes. I'm not fan of ICOs, some are OK but majority just take your money and run, free airdrop is the way to go, just like GetDeepOnion did $ONION

Protester's bizarre apology giftA serial climate change protester has avoided jail and instead been given 40 hours of community service after breaching his bail conditions and protesting in Brisbane's CBD. this low life 40 hours community service? Well, that will teach him, he'll never do that again 🙄 News Corp, a serial climate change denier attack another climate action messenger