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    Extinction Rebellion protesters stage mock funeral and block streets in Brisbane CBD

    Police arrest dozens of people in Brisbane's CBD as protesters stage a series of demonstrations which include dumping a catamaran on George Street and holding a mock funeral outside State Parliament.

    Dozens of people have been arrested in another day of sporadic climate protests staged across the Brisbane CBD.

    The actions were part of what the group Extinction Rebellion has dubbed "international rebellion week".

    On Thursday afternoon, about 300 protesters staged a funeral procession to symbolise the death of the planet's species.

    They marched on Queensland government offices and Parliament House before occupying the busy intersection at George and Margaret streets.

    Their rally blocked pedestrian crossings as the walk sign turned green.

    A handful of protesters who refused to move on when the walk signal turned red were arrested by police.

    Earlier in the day, police used power tools to free a group of demonstrators who attached themselves to a pink catamaran parked at the intersection of George and Elizabeth streets.

    About 10 people had their arms stuck inside pipes attached to the boat, with officers having to cut sections off the vessel before taking the protesters into custody.

    Police cut sections of the boat off while protesters were still attached before cutting the remaining body of the vessel in half and carrying the remaining protesters to the footpath.

    They were slowly removed from the boat and were taken into custody just before 9:00am.

    At the same time, Extinction Rebellion protester Eric Serge Herbert locked himself on a car parked on the footpath outside the Queensland government building at 1 William Street.

    The car he was attached to had "climate lock on" written on the front of it.

    Mr Herbert remained stuck to the car for several hours before being taken into custody by police.

    Earlier this week, he was ordered to perform community service for breaching bail conditions which prohibited him from visiting Brisbane CBD.

    The latest protests came a day after Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced she would fast-track laws to ban "lock-on" items used by climate protesters.

    Five protesters also glued themselves to the road on Grey Street in South Brisbane.

    Their actions caused no serious traffic delays and police removed the group within 10 minutes, taking them into custody.


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