An Extinction Rebellion activist has climbed onto the roof of the main entrance at Queensland Parliament as supporters hung dead fish on the building’s fence.
The Wednesday morning protest aimed to raise awareness about the uncertain future of the Great Barrier Reef and the fish and coral species that depend on it, according to the group.
One male activist climbed onto the annexe roof using a ladder about 7.30am and remained up there more than 90 minutes later.
Firefighters and police were at the scene, but they had not made any attempts to remove the protester from the roof. Instead, they were speaking among themselves on the ground.
The attendance of various emergency services vehicles blocked, and forced the closure of, two lanes on Alice Street outside State Parliament during the morning peak-hour.
Protesters were holding a banner reading “preserve biodiversity” outside the gates of Queensland Parliament and were chanting “2050 — too late”.
One activist said the group wanted the state government to declare the Great Barrier Reef as “in danger”.
Extinction Rebellion claimed in a statement that one activist had been arrested for scaling the parliamentary annexe and refusing to come down, but this was yet to be confirmed.