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Lisa Marie Presley’s divorce trial has started today, four years after she split from her fourth husband Michael Lockwood and just three weeks after the tragic death of her son Benjamin Keough.

The grieving mother – now 52 – showed up at the courthouse in downtown LA on Monday looking somber and wearing a black pantsuit, black mask and dark glasses.

Alongside her was a tall, burly bodyguard, also dressed in black, and her lawyer Gary Fishbein.

The trial, which is expected to last through the end of August, will finally end the couple’s 10-year marriage and decide who gets custody of their twin 11-year-old daughters Harper and Finley. 

Lockwood, 59, argued last week in court papers that he should be awarded primary custody of his daughters because he feared Presley could relapse back into drugs and booze due to her grief over 27-year-old Benjamin’s suicide last month. 

The musician was seen arriving at the Stanley Mosk courthouse in a blue suit, black pork-pie hat and also wearing a mask.

Lisa Marie Presley’s divorce trial has started today, four years after she split from her fourth husband Michael Lockwood and just three weeks after the tragic death of her son Benjamin Keough

Lisa Marie Presley’s divorce trial has started today, four years after she split from her fourth husband Michael Lockwood and just three weeks after the tragic death of her son Benjamin Keough

Lisa Marie Presley’s divorce trial has started today, four years after she split from her fourth husband Michael Lockwood and just three weeks after the tragic death of her son Benjamin Keough

The grieving mother - now 52 - showed up at the courthouse in downtown LA on Monday looking somber and wearing a black pantsuit, black mask and dark glasses, accompanied by a bodyguard (pictured)

The grieving mother - now 52 - showed up at the courthouse in downtown LA on Monday looking somber and wearing a black pantsuit, black mask and dark glasses, accompanied by a bodyguard (pictured)

The grieving mother – now 52 – showed up at the courthouse in downtown LA on Monday looking somber and wearing a black pantsuit, black mask and dark glasses, accompanied by a bodyguard (pictured) 

Benjamin, 27, shot himself in the head at her home in Calabasas on July 12

Benjamin, 27, shot himself in the head at her home in Calabasas on July 12

Benjamin, 27, shot himself in the head at her home in Calabasas on July 12 

Lockwood, 59, argued last week in court papers that he should be awarded primary custody of his daughters because he feared Presley could relapse back into drugs and booze due to her grief over 27-year-old Benjamin’s suicide last month. The musician was seen arriving at the Stanley Mosk courthouse in a blue suit, black pork-pie hat and also wearing a mask

Lockwood, 59, argued last week in court papers that he should be awarded primary custody of his daughters because he feared Presley could relapse back into drugs and booze due to her grief over 27-year-old Benjamin’s suicide last month. The musician was seen arriving at the Stanley Mosk courthouse in a blue suit, black pork-pie hat and also wearing a mask

Lockwood, 59, argued last week in court papers that he should be awarded primary custody of his daughters because he feared Presley could relapse back into drugs and booze due to her grief over 27-year-old Benjamin’s suicide last month. The musician was seen arriving at the Stanley Mosk courthouse in a blue suit, black pork-pie hat and also wearing a mask

Before the start of Monday’s proceedings in front of LA Superior Court Judge Dianna Gould-Saltman, the press and public were ordered to leave, with the court clerk declaring: ‘This is a closed hearing.’

Hearings involving child custody are often sealed from public view.

Lisa Marie – Elvis’ only child – has admitted in the past to battling opioid and other painkiller addictions but claims to have been sober for the past three years.

Yet Lockwood – who also expressed concerns in court documents about guns at Presley’s $1.8 million home in Calabasas – alleged in legal documents that ‘heartbroken’ Presley’s anguish over Benjamin’s death could send her back to drugs and alcohol.

‘Lisa Marie Presley’s son shot and killed himself in her home (Although she was not there at the time),’ he said. ‘With all due sympathy and respect, this creates a new and unaddressed twofold problem: the safety of the children and the greater likelihood of [Presley] to relapse into drug and alcohol dependency,’ he wrote. 

‘The children told (him) that (LMP) walked around the house with a gun in her hand in 2017. There was at least one gun on the premises of her home at the time of her son’s suicide and it is unclear where the gun was kept or whether Finley and/or Harper might have access to this gun or others.

‘Thus, there is a significantly higher risk to the safety of the children which would ordinarily justify 100 percent physical custody (to me) at this time in such circumstances.’

In addition, Lockwood said he’s worried his twins will be exposed to conversations about suicide.

The two wed in 2006 and separated and filed for divorce in 2016. The trial, which is expected to last through the end of August, will finally end the couple’s 10-year marriage and decide who gets custody of their twin 11-year-old daughters Harper and Finley

The two wed in 2006 and separated and filed for divorce in 2016. The trial, which is expected to last through the end of August, will finally end the couple’s 10-year marriage and decide who gets custody of their twin 11-year-old daughters Harper and Finley

The two wed in 2006 and separated and filed for divorce in 2016. The trial, which is expected to last through the end of August, will finally end the couple’s 10-year marriage and decide who gets custody of their twin 11-year-old daughters Harper and Finley

Lockwood - who also expressed concerns in court documents about guns at Presley’s $1.8 million home in Calabasas - alleged in legal documents that ‘heartbroken’ Presley's anguish over Benjamin's death could send her back to drugs and alcohol. Pictured: Presley with her children twins Harper and Finley, daughter Riley Keough and late son Benjamin Keough

Lockwood - who also expressed concerns in court documents about guns at Presley’s $1.8 million home in Calabasas - alleged in legal documents that ‘heartbroken’ Presley's anguish over Benjamin's death could send her back to drugs and alcohol. Pictured: Presley with her children twins Harper and Finley, daughter Riley Keough and late son Benjamin Keough

Lockwood – who also expressed concerns in court documents about guns at Presley’s $1.8 million home in Calabasas – alleged in legal documents that ‘heartbroken’ Presley’s anguish over Benjamin’s death could send her back to drugs and alcohol. Pictured: Presley with her children twins Harper and Finley, daughter Riley Keough and late son Benjamin Keough 

In addition, Lockwood said he’s worried his twins (pictured with him in 2017) will be exposed to conversations about suicide

In addition, Lockwood said he’s worried his twins (pictured with him in 2017) will be exposed to conversations about suicide

In addition, Lockwood said he’s worried his twins (pictured with him in 2017) will be exposed to conversations about suicide

‘There is a greater possibility that the children might think about suicide or attempt it, in light of their half brother’s suicide.

‘LMP has sobriety issues, has a problem with substance and alcohol abuse, kept at least one firearm in the house where her son had access and used it to kill himself, carried a handgun in front of the children during 2017 at home, and thus LMP is a far greater risk to the children’s safety than (me).

‘In light of such a tragic and devastating event, it would not be surprising for (LMP) to relapse into drug or alcohol use despite her alleged three years sober. The death of a child is among life’s most traumatic events.’

Lockwood said he does not know if Presley is currently sober and he asked the court to impose random drug tests on her – which he would also be willing to take himself.

Presley’s soon-to-be ex also claimed in legal documents that he is so broke – he makes only $1,000 a month and has ‘minus $371’ in his bank account – he cannot afford a lawyer, though he showed up with one, Joe Yanny. 

Lockwood argued Presley should pay for his attorney under Californian ‘parity’ rules that say divorcing couples should have access to similar legal resources to ensure a fair contest.

‘Upon information and belief, Presley has an annual income well over one million dollars, while I currently have virtually no income whatsoever (I have some meager royalty payments that come in from time to time, but they do not total even one tenth or one twentieth of Petitioner’s income),’ he added.

Lockwood argued Presley should pay for his attorney under Californian 'parity' rules that say divorcing couples should have access to similar legal resources to ensure a fair contest

Lockwood argued Presley should pay for his attorney under Californian 'parity' rules that say divorcing couples should have access to similar legal resources to ensure a fair contest

Lockwood argued Presley should pay for his attorney under Californian ‘parity’ rules that say divorcing couples should have access to similar legal resources to ensure a fair contest

Presley herself has also been pleading poverty, once claiming in court documents that she was as much as $16 million in debt

Presley herself has also been pleading poverty, once claiming in court documents that she was as much as $16 million in debt

Presley herself has also been pleading poverty, once claiming in court documents that she was as much as $16 million in debt

Lockwood - who also expressed concerns in court documents about guns at Presley’s $1.8 million home in Calabasas - alleged in legal documents that ‘heartbroken’ Presley's anguish over Benjamin's death could send her back to drugs and alcohol

Lockwood - who also expressed concerns in court documents about guns at Presley’s $1.8 million home in Calabasas - alleged in legal documents that ‘heartbroken’ Presley's anguish over Benjamin's death could send her back to drugs and alcohol

Lockwood – who also expressed concerns in court documents about guns at Presley’s $1.8 million home in Calabasas – alleged in legal documents that ‘heartbroken’ Presley’s anguish over Benjamin’s death could send her back to drugs and alcohol

Presley's soon-to-be ex also claimed in legal documents that he is so broke - he makes only $1,000 a month and has ‘minus $371’ in his bank account - he cannot afford a lawyer, though he showed up with one, Joe Yanny

Presley's soon-to-be ex also claimed in legal documents that he is so broke - he makes only $1,000 a month and has ‘minus $371’ in his bank account - he cannot afford a lawyer, though he showed up with one, Joe Yanny

Lockwood maintained in court filings that he owes more than $700,000 in legal fees that he chalked up in 2018 when he hired attorneys to fight a court battle in which he tried to persuade a judge to tear up a post-nuptial agreement - where he and Presley both signed away their rights to each other’s property and spousal support if they divorced

Lockwood maintained in court filings that he owes more than $700,000 in legal fees that he chalked up in 2018 when he hired attorneys to fight a court battle in which he tried to persuade a judge to tear up a post-nuptial agreement - where he and Presley both signed away their rights to each other’s property and spousal support if they divorced

Presley’s soon-to-be ex also claimed in legal documents that he is so broke – he makes only $1,000 a month and has ‘minus $371’ in his bank account – he cannot afford a lawyer, though he showed up with one, Joe Yanny 

Lockwood maintained in court filings that he owes more than $700,000 in legal fees that he chalked up in 2018 when he hired attorneys to fight a court battle in which he tried to persuade a judge to tear up a post-nuptial agreement – where he and Presley both signed away their rights to each other’s property and spousal support if they divorced.

At that time he asked the court to order Presley to pay him $263,000 a year in spousal support so he could ‘enjoy a lifestyle closer to my marital status of living’, which included lavish entertaining, expensive vacations and flying on private jets.

But Lockwood ended up losing the case and not getting a penny after Judge Gould-Saltman found his argument didn’t wash. Lockwood had claimed he hadn’t read the post-nup agreement and his attorney at the time failed to explain it to him.

Lisa Marie - Elvis’ only child - has admitted in the past to battling opioid and other painkiller addictions but claims to have been sober for the past three years

Lisa Marie - Elvis’ only child - has admitted in the past to battling opioid and other painkiller addictions but claims to have been sober for the past three years

Lisa Marie – Elvis’ only child – has admitted in the past to battling opioid and other painkiller addictions but claims to have been sober for the past three years

The judge said: ‘If Respondent (Lockwood) elected not to read it (the post-nup) and accept the consequences that it would be upheld, that is his choice.’

Presley herself has also been pleading poverty, once claiming in court documents that she was as much as $16 million in debt.

Two years ago, she filed a separate lawsuit in Los Angeles against her former business manager, Barry J. Siegel, accusing him of frittering away her one-time $100 million trust fund from Elvis and charging her $700,000 a month while he was losing her fortune.

Siegel counter-sued, demanding $800,000 in fees he claimed he was owed and insisting that Presley ’squandered’ away her fortune because of her ‘uncontrollable spending habits.’ That case is ongoing.

Presley has been married four times and has four children. She married singer Danny Keough in 1988 and they shared Danielle Riley Keough – movie star Riley Keough – and Benjamin. They divorced in 1994.

That same year, she married Michael Jackson but they divorced two years later. Her third marriage, in 2002 to actor Nicolas Cage, barely lasted two years. She wed Michael Lockwood in 2006 and they separated and filed for divorce in 2016.

In February 2017, Presley took the couple’s then eight year-old twin daughters into protective custody and refused Lockwood’s claim for spousal support, claiming to have found images and videos of child pornography on his computer.

Lockwood denied the accusation and was never charged in connection to her claims. 

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Australian chemical weapons expert and British colleague die in explosion in the Solomon Islands 

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An Australian chemical weapons expert and his British colleague who were working to identify unexploded World War II bombs in the Solomon Islands have been killed in a blast.

Australian Trent Lee and Briton Luke Atkinson, 57, died in a rented apartment in Honiora, the nation’s capital, between 7.30pm and 8pm on Sunday, their aid agency confirmed.

Mr Lee, believed to be in his 40s, was a bomb specialist working for Non-Government Organisation Norwegian Peoples Aid.

The men had been performing sweeps for World War II explosives when the blast occurred. 

An Australian chemical weapons expert and his British colleague who were working to identify unexploded World War II bombs in the Solomon Islands have been killed in a blast

An Australian chemical weapons expert and his British colleague who were working to identify unexploded World War II bombs in the Solomon Islands have been killed in a blast

An Australian chemical weapons expert and his British colleague who were working to identify unexploded World War II bombs in the Solomon Islands have been killed in a blast

Following the blast, residents rushed to the scene to find the men seriously injured, the Solomons Star newspaper reported. 

They were taken to Honiara’s National Referral Hospital. One of the men died at the scene while the other was confirmed dead at the hospital.

Mr Lee took to Facebook to talk about how dangerous the live bombs are, just a month before he was killed in an explosion.

‘Pretty much the most dangerous WW2 ammunition we find…it’s cocked and ready to fire…one bump and it’s all over,’ he wrote on August 13. 

Solomons police have sealed off the blast area and launched an investigation.

A police statement said officers of the police force’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal team and Forensics Department were at the scene.

The two men were conducting a non-technical survey on the contamination of unexploded ordnances in the Solomons, the police media statement said. 

Australian Trent Lee and Briton Luke Atkinson, 57, died in a rented apartment in Honiora, the nation's capital, between 7.30pm and 8pm on Sunday night

Australian Trent Lee and Briton Luke Atkinson, 57, died in a rented apartment in Honiora, the nation's capital, between 7.30pm and 8pm on Sunday night

Australian Trent Lee and Briton Luke Atkinson, 57, died in a rented apartment in Honiora, the nation’s capital, between 7.30pm and 8pm on Sunday night

The US State Department funds the project, which works to remove undetonated explosives all over the world.

The Solomon Islands are littered with unexploded material from World War II, according to NPA. 

NPA deputy secretary-general Per Nergaard confirmed in a statement that Mr Lee and Mr Atkinson had died in the blast.

‘This is a tragic accident. So far, we know that there has been an explosion with fatal consequences,’ he said.

Trent Lee posts about how dangerous the live bombs are, a month before he was killed in an explosion

Trent Lee posts about how dangerous the live bombs are, a month before he was killed in an explosion

Trent Lee posts about how dangerous the live bombs are, a month before he was killed in an explosion

The Solomon Islands (pictured) are littered with unexploded material from World War II, according to NPA

The Solomon Islands (pictured) are littered with unexploded material from World War II, according to NPA

The Solomon Islands (pictured) are littered with unexploded material from World War II, according to NPA

‘Our main priority now is to offer assistance to relatives and colleagues and to clarify what has happened.’

‘The safety and security of our staff is our highest priority.’

NPA secretary-general Henriette Killi Westhrin said the organisation was devastated by the loss of two good colleagues.

‘Our thoughts and deepest condolences go out to their families, relatives and staff.’

The NPA has 1850 deminers working in 19 countries worldwide.

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White bar owner kills himself on the day he was meant to turn himself in for killing a BLM protester

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A white Nebraska bar owner charged with manslaughter over the shooting of a black man during a chaotic night of George Floyd protests in May has been found dead from suicide.  

Jake Gardner, an ex-Marine, was indicted by a grand jury for fatally shooting 22-year-old James Scurlock in Omaha on May 30.

On Friday, a judge signed paperwork to issue an arrest warrant for Gardner. 

He was supposed to turn himself in on Sunday – the day he was found dead near Portland, Oregon.

Bar owner Jake Gardner

Bar owner Jake Gardner

James Scurlock

James Scurlock

Jake Gardner (left), an ex-Marine, was indicted by a grand jury for fatally shooting 22-year-old James Scurlock (right) in Omaha back on May 30

Gardner shot himself after authorities in Hillsboro, Oregon, received a call of a suicidal party, two law enforcement sources told the Omaha World-Herald

The death happened this weekend, though Hillsboro police would not confirm the death or the time it happened.

Stu Dornan, Gardner’s attorney, confirmed his suicide, saying that his client – who he said had a traumatic brain injury and PTSD from his military days – would have been proved innocent. 

‘This is a sad day,’ said Dornan on Sunday evening. ‘It did not have to happen.’

Dornan said it was time to end ‘trial by media’, and said it was ‘a clear case of self defense’.

He added: ‘He was deathly afraid of coming back here, because he did not feel he could get a fair trial. And who would blame him?’ 

Dornan said: ‘I’m a fan of the constitution. I’m a fan of self defense. I am angry at the rush to judgement, and at not having the opportunity to defend a man who had acted in self defense three times, and was found to have acted in self defense.

‘Yes, I am angry he didn’t have his opportunity for a fair trial, and a fair hearing.’  

Gardner had been in northern California during the wildfires, and needed to be evacuated with other people.

Dornan said they were trying to arrange his reporting to Omaha authorities in the safest way possible.  

‘When you throw in COVID, with respect to that danger and risk, and that law enforcement itself – it is always much easier to have someone turn themselves in.

‘This had exceptional circumstances.

‘This doesn’t take away from the death of Mr Scurlock. This is a terrible tragedy, for everyone involved.’ 

Scurlock, 22, died in the confrontation on May 30 during George Floyd protests in Omaha

Scurlock, 22, died in the confrontation on May 30 during George Floyd protests in Omaha

Scurlock, 22, died in the confrontation on May 30 during George Floyd protests in Omaha

Surveillance video showed Gardner in a confrontation with BLM protesters outside his bar prior to the shooting. Gardner was shoved to the ground by two people before he fired two shots. Scurlock then jumped on Gardner's back and Gardner shot him

Surveillance video showed Gardner in a confrontation with BLM protesters outside his bar prior to the shooting. Gardner was shoved to the ground by two people before he fired two shots. Scurlock then jumped on Gardner's back and Gardner shot him

Surveillance video showed Gardner in a confrontation with BLM protesters outside his bar prior to the shooting. Gardner was shoved to the ground by two people before he fired two shots. Scurlock then jumped on Gardner’s back and Gardner shot him

Dornan’s partner, Tom Monaghan, said that Gardner had already been found guilty by the town of Omaha.

‘We need to stop the violence. What happened in Minnesota should not have caused a riot in Omaha,’ he said.

‘A peaceful demonstration did not need to lead to violence and damage to property. But it did.’

Monaghan said they believed they could have proved Gardner was not guilty.

‘Jake was worried that he was going to get shot on the way here; that some of those folks who gave him death threats on his phone would carry through with them. He felt the threats were probably not credible, but you never know. I didn’t think they were credible enough to need to see him.  

‘He became particularly worried when it was announced there was an arrest warrant. I can guarantee, there was not.’ 

Monaghan said that instead of an arrest warrant there was ‘an agreement to self-report’. 

Gardner did not leave a suicide note. 

Gardner, 38, was also facing charges of attempted first-degree assault, threats and using a weapon while committing a felony. 

Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine had initially declined to file charges against Gardner, saying he had reviewed witness statements and video and believed the bar owner acted in self-defense. 

Kleine, who was slammed for overlooking Gardner’s alleged racist history, asked the grand jury to review the case after he was heavily criticized. 

Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine had initially declined to file charges against Gardner, saying the shooting was in self-defense

Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine had initially declined to file charges against Gardner, saying the shooting was in self-defense

Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine had initially declined to file charges against Gardner, saying the shooting was in self-defense

Special Prosecutor Frederick Franklin said the grand jury reviewed additional evidence that Kleine didn’t have, including texts from Gardner’s phone, messages on his Facebook profile and his interactions with bystanders before coming into contact with Spurlock. 

He declined to provide specifics of what the new evidence shows except to say it undermines the self-defense theory. 

‘There was significant evidence that was consistent with there being an intentional killing by Jake Gardner and that evidence comes primarily from him,’ Franklin said. 

The shooting happened outside Gardner’s bar as protests and civil unrest unfolded in Omaha and across the US in the wake of the May 25 death of George Floyd. 

Authorities have said Gardner shot Scurlock outside his downtown bar as he sought to ward off any theft or property damage.

Kleine later showed reporters some surveillance video that seemed to show Gardner, his father and protesters exchanging words before Gardner, flashing a gun, backed away. 

Gardner was shoved to the ground by two people before he fired two shots, sending people scrambling. Scurlock then jumped on Gardner’s back and Gardner shot him. 

Scurlock (above) was fatally shot outside Gardner's bar as protests and civil unrest unfolded in Omaha and across the US in the wake of the May 25 death of George Floyd

Scurlock (above) was fatally shot outside Gardner's bar as protests and civil unrest unfolded in Omaha and across the US in the wake of the May 25 death of George Floyd

Scurlock (above) was fatally shot outside Gardner's bar as protests and civil unrest unfolded in Omaha and across the US in the wake of the May 25 death of George Floyd

Scurlock (above) was fatally shot outside Gardner's bar as protests and civil unrest unfolded in Omaha and across the US in the wake of the May 25 death of George Floyd

Scurlock (above) was fatally shot outside Gardner’s bar as protests and civil unrest unfolded in Omaha and across the US in the wake of the May 25 death of George Floyd

While there was no audio with the video, Kleine said Gardner warned Scurlock to get off of him several times before he fired the fatal shot.

Critics of the initial investigation said Scurlock was trying to stop Gardner from hurting anyone.

Some witnesses initially said that Gardner had allegedly ‘taunted’ protesters and went out to the sidewalk yelling ‘n****r lover’. 

Scurlock’s death sparked protests across Omaha in the days after prosecutors initially declined to file charges.  

Just hours before the deadly clash, Gardner posted a status update on Facebook about protecting his business amid the unrest

Just hours before the deadly clash, Gardner posted a status update on Facebook about protecting his business amid the unrest

Just hours before the deadly clash, Gardner posted a status update on Facebook about protecting his business amid the unrest

Scurlock's death sparked protests across Omaha in the days after prosecutors initially declined to file charges

Scurlock's death sparked protests across Omaha in the days after prosecutors initially declined to file charges

Scurlock’s death sparked protests across Omaha in the days after prosecutors initially declined to file charges

In the wake of the shooting, prosecutors were accused of turning a blind eye to the Gardner’s alleged racist views and background.  

Court documents have shown that he has a past criminal record stretching back to the late 1990s, which includes multiple weapons-related charges, as well as arrests on counts of assault and battery.

In 2016, Gardner, who reportedly self-identifies as a Libertarian, sparked a controversy when he posted on Facebook that transgender women should not use the women’s bathroom at his establishment, unless they have had their ‘appendage’ removed and their identification legally changed.

Just hours before the deadly clash, Gardner posted a status update on Facebook about protecting his business amid the unrest.

‘Just when you think, ‘what else could 2020 throw at me?’ Then you have to pull 48 hours of military style firewatch,’ Gardner wrote.

He was a retired Marine who served tours of duty in Iraq and Haiti between 2000-2004.  

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Climate activist bring peak hour traffic in Brisbane to a standstill by deliberately cycling slow

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Climate change activists have brought Brisbane‘s peak hour traffic to a crawl by cycling as slow as possible on a major road.    

Up to 45 demonstrators from Extinction Rebellion are riding bicycles through the city in a slow-moving blockade on Monday. 

Kicking off at Kurilpa Park, South Brisbane, at 7.30am the two-hour-long protest is part of a push for Australia to sign on to a binding target of zero net carbon emissions by 2025, overseen by a citizen’s assembly.

Extinction Rebellion activists have brought traffic to a crawl in Brisbane by deliberately cycling slow to protest against Australia's climate change policies

Extinction Rebellion activists have brought traffic to a crawl in Brisbane by deliberately cycling slow to protest against Australia's climate change policies

Extinction Rebellion activists have brought traffic to a crawl in Brisbane by deliberately cycling slow to protest against Australia’s climate change policies

‘We will be riding as slowly as possible to disrupt peak hour traffic to bring attention to the climate and ecological crisis,’ organisers said in a Facebook post.

‘We are headed for complete annihilation. The amount of warming we are on track for, will literally mean the death of billions of people.’ 

‘Scientists say that at 4 or 5 degrees of warming, the earth could sustain a billion people. Our governments could push us to 7 degrees of warming.’

Rally organisers have told demonstrators to be COVID-19 safe by travelling in small groups of 10, social distancing and donning masks as they cycle towards King George Square. 

Organisers listed ‘legal tips’ in a Facebook post advising attendees not to communicate with police. 

‘There will be police liaisons at this protest, they will communicate between the police and activists,’ the post read.

A protester (pictured) wearing a mask live streamed the demonstration over Facebook

A protester (pictured) wearing a mask live streamed the demonstration over Facebook

A protester (pictured) wearing a mask live streamed the demonstration over Facebook 

‘If the police approach you please direct them to the designated police liaisons.’

‘In the past they have not arrested anybody for cycling slowly at similar events …’

Protesters live streamed the disruptive ride over Facebook, with footage showing them chanting ‘climate justice’ and blasting anthems, such as John Farnham’s ‘You’re the Voice’. 

The group are known for conducting high profile stunts for the sake of their cause.  

Earlier this month, the activism group dumped manure outside News Corp offices around the city to protest against their coverage of climate change. 

During a demonstration last year, an activist in Brisbane hung from Story Bridge while other demonstrators glued themselves to the ground. 

Members of the group spoke at Kurilpa Park, in South Brisbane, before the protest kicked off at 7.30am

Members of the group spoke at Kurilpa Park, in South Brisbane, before the protest kicked off at 7.30am

Members of the group spoke at Kurilpa Park, in South Brisbane, before the protest kicked off at 7.30am

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