Chaos on Melbourne streets as climate plagues from Extinction Rebellion shut down major intersection dressed as koalas and Dan Andrews
- Extinction Rebellion protesters close key intersection in Melbourne CBD
- Some activists wore koala suits, while another chopped down a tree
- A man held demonstrations that police said were largely peaceful
- Protesters blocked roads in both directions around noon on Wednesday
Melbourne’s streets have fallen into chaos as Extinction Rebellion protesters closed off a major intersection to protest the felling of trees.
More than 100 protesters gathered around noon on Wednesday at the Bourke and Queen Street intersection, with one protester being detained by police.
Several climate activists dressed as koalas, while another wore a Daniel Andrews mask as he mimicked chopping down a tree with a fake chainsaw.
Victoria police saw a man in a koala hat being handcuffed while other protesters blocked access to several roads in both directions.
Several of the climate activists were dressed as koalas, while another wore a Daniel Andrews mask as he mimicked cutting down a tree with a fake chainsaw (pictured)
A protester dressed as a koala was hanged in the air on Wednesday with a poster
More than 100 protesters gathered at the Bourke and Queen Street intersection around noon on Wednesday, with one protester being detained by Victoria Police
Two protesters took part in the demonstrations hanging from a teepee structure, holding a sign that read: ‘Indigenous logging = extinction’.
The demonstrations were a protest against logging activities in the state’s forests, with many dressed as koalas to represent the endangered species.
One man said the peaceful protest was directed against Victoria’s public forestry organization VicForest, which he believes was exacerbating the world’s climate crisis.
Victoria Police said the demonstrations were largely peaceful, but the protest disrupted traffic flow at the intersection.
More to come.