They are at it again. Labor in the State Parliament and Liberals in the Brisbane City Council (BCC) are both trying to turn the clock back by 40 years where ordinary people did not have the right to march and assemble in Queensland.
Fortuneately the court upheld the laws that 3,000 people fought for and allowed today’s march for democratic rights.
But council and parliament will not give up. Already BCC have commercialised the spaces where people could demonstrate – Roma Street Forum, King George Square and Queens Park.
People met at 8am Wed 28 Aug 2019 at the corner of Queen St and Edward St, and marched to Parliament House arriving 8:45am and police could not stop them.
The LNP Lord Mayor took Jono Sri to court yesterday morning to try to prevent organising a peaceful protest march tomorrow.
And guess what?
Just because Labor and the LNP don’t like a peaceful protest doesn’t mean they should be able to stop it going ahead.
For the record, I made a repeated compromise offer to council to march up Queen St Mall rather than blocking Edward St, and the council refused.
We also offered to leave the bus lanes open and BCC refused that too.
But the court found in our favour so the rally is going ahead.
Meet at 8am at the corner of Queen St and Edward St, wrapping up outside Parliament House by 8:45am.
Let’s tell the State Government that they must not water down our right to peaceful protest!
Jonathan Sri, Councillor for The Gabba