Bystander Tackles Extinction Rebellion Climate Protestor Fleeing Arrest

Extinction Rebellion, ‘swarming roadblocks’. DAVID HOLT [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

The ABC reports a member of the public intervened at a protest in Brisbane to prevent an Extinction Rebellion protester from escaping arrest.

Extinction Rebellion protesters charged after blocking roads and creating chaos in Brisbane

More than 70 people have been charged over climate change protests that caused major traffic disruptions in Brisbane’s CBD.

Superintendent Chris Stream said some protesters were arrested for offences including public nuisance, disobeying lawful direction and also disrupting police.

“It is some time in the Brisbane city area since we’ve seen this amount of arrests,” he said.

‘We will do everything we possibly can to clear intersections and to enable at least limited traffic flow.”

He said police had been “generally happy” with the behaviour of protesters. 

“What we are pleased to see is that the larger amount of police interactions today have not involved violence,” he said.

“The only information I have in relation to a person being tackled to the ground was where a police officer was attempting to affect an arrest at the intersection of George and Elizabeth Street.

A member of the public intervened as one of the protesters fled that area and tackled the protester to the ground.

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I guess we can safely conclude at least one member of the public is less than enthused about having their commute ruined by a bunch of trouble makers illegally blocking the streets.

Let us hope the diversion of police resources to rounding up law breaking hippies did not cause harm to someone who really needed police assistance.

If anyone has a video of the Extinction Rebellion protestor being arrested please post the link.

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Adam Gallon
August 6, 2019 2:05 pm

Plastic banner by any chance?

R Shearer
Reply to  Adam Gallon
August 6, 2019 5:11 pm

At least 97%.

R Shearer
Reply to  Adam Gallon
August 6, 2019 6:12 pm

It has some metal grommets.

Bryan A
Reply to  Adam Gallon
August 7, 2019 12:25 pm

Someone ought to add an “FR” and a splash of blue paint on the “T”on that boat


Dan Cody
August 6, 2019 2:26 pm

Did you hear about the gang of thieves who stole a shipment of Viagra? The police are still looking for the bunch of hardened criminals.

Reply to  Dan Cody
August 6, 2019 5:37 pm

This joke has whiskers and was used by the Two Ronnies on British TV years ago-
“ Breaking News just in. A cement mixer has collided with a prison van on the highway. Motorists are asked to be on the lookout for 16 hardened criminals.”
But it still works for Viagra. Its parentage as a gag probably stretches back to Vaudeville.
I do like the Irish Queer joke!

Dan Cody
Reply to  Herbert
August 6, 2019 5:44 pm

thanks. Did you hear about the guy who was choking on a Viagra pill? He ended up with a stiff neck.

Dan Cody
Reply to  Herbert
August 6, 2019 5:49 pm

What do you call an Irish queer? a Gaylic.

what’s an Irish seven course meal? A six pack and a potato.

Phil R
Reply to  Dan Cody
August 6, 2019 6:44 pm

Being of Irish heritage, I had heard the seven course meal joke a long time ago, and was never offended and shared it with lots of people. Also like your other ones. Amazing what it takes NOT to be triggered and have a sense of humor.

Then again, nowadays, maybe not.

Reply to  Phil R
August 7, 2019 4:47 am

It is unfair to the Irish to have such jokes.
I prefer the jokes that start with:

“There were two Zulu warriors talking in the pub,
Paddy and Mick ………..…………”

Reply to  Phil R
August 7, 2019 5:05 am

Saw a T-shirt the other day of a guy holding 2 beers. The caption said “Irish handcuffs”.

Dan Cody
Reply to  john
August 7, 2019 5:44 am

What’s Irish and stays out all night? Paddy O’Furniture.

Reply to  Herbert
August 7, 2019 4:28 am

So tell

Dan Cody
August 6, 2019 2:30 pm

Did you hear about the criminal who stole a bunch of toilet seats at police headquarters? The police are looking for the thief,but so far,they have nothing to go on.

Paul Penrose
Reply to  Dan Cody
August 6, 2019 3:28 pm

In my household that is called a “Dad joke”…I’m going to use it tonight.

Bill Murphy
Reply to  Dan Cody
August 6, 2019 3:28 pm

Dan, comments like your last two are almost enough to convince me that extinction is a good idea. But I’m stealing them for my “Bad Jokes” archive anyway.

Dan Cody
Reply to  Bill Murphy
August 6, 2019 3:59 pm

I notice you have an Irish last name.I’m half Irish myself.I hope you won’t be offended by this joke.I just can’t resist telling it.

Did you hear about the two Irish Queers? Michael Fitzpatrick and Patrick Fitzmichael.

Greg Cavanagh
Reply to  Dan Cody
August 6, 2019 5:10 pm

Another Irish here.
I heard it as “Ben Dover and Phil McCracken”.

R Shearer
Reply to  Dan Cody
August 6, 2019 5:17 pm

Richard McBrowns.

John Dilks
Reply to  Dan Cody
August 6, 2019 5:31 pm


Reply to  Dan Cody
August 7, 2019 1:08 am

Glad I am not Irish. Potato’s have to deal with too many bad jokes.

Dan Cody
Reply to  David
August 7, 2019 1:23 am

It sounds like someone who’s not Irish doesn’t have a sense of humor.

Reply to  Bill Murphy
August 7, 2019 2:58 am

A midget psychic escaped from police custody last night.
Police put out an APB for a small medium at large.

Dan Cody
Reply to  MarkW
August 7, 2019 3:18 am

LOL! I knew this guy who was so fat,when he stood on the scale,it read,’To be continued’.

Dan Cody
Reply to  MarkW
August 7, 2019 3:28 am

It must be tough being an officer. You know what the two toughest jobs in the world are?
Flushing,New York and Wheeling West Virginia.

Reply to  Dan Cody
August 6, 2019 11:13 pm

Some dogs got away from a dog pound last night,
The police have a few leads to follow.

Reply to  Dan Cody
August 6, 2019 11:25 pm

A large hole has appeared in Main Street. The police are looking into it.

Dudley Horscroft
Reply to  huls
August 7, 2019 8:30 pm

Perhaps is the best one broadcast on the Irish radio some years ago:

“Horrific air crash. A Cessna dived last night into a Dunkill cemetery. Police say they have retrieved 342 dead and suspect there are more to come.”

R Shearer
August 6, 2019 3:17 pm

This isn’t it but it’s a pretty good tackle.

Jean Parisot
Reply to  R Shearer
August 7, 2019 8:31 am

Lesson, don’t run through a group folks who grew up playing rugby.

August 6, 2019 3:20 pm

In the end, will it be ordinary citizens who bring the ‘Climate Change/Global Warming’ nonsense to an end as they see the damage that these lunatics are doing to civilisation and the citizens’ lives, and take matters into their own hands?

Lee L
Reply to  nicholas tesdorf
August 6, 2019 4:11 pm

If the damage creeps in slowly enough, then the young ones will expect a lesser norm, not realizing what normal used to be.

Maybe the ‘rebellion’ types are doing us a favour after all.

August 6, 2019 3:27 pm

Look for who is funding XR. Hedge fund billionaire Sir Chris Hohn has given them $200,000 this year through his charity CIFF – check out the website

Bob in Castlemaine
Reply to  Martin
August 6, 2019 6:17 pm

Paul Homewood has exposed some of the funding details and sinister aims of this group: “Is George Soros Funding Extinction Rebellion?”
As usual the gullible rent-a-crowd is being used by the shadowy who’s who of the totalitarian Left, probably it seems including Soros.

Lurker Pete
Reply to  Bob in Castlemaine
August 7, 2019 1:16 am

Much more on the background of the people involved in this massive astroturfing organisation at the following link, part 1 starts off a bit waffley setting the stage, subsiquent parts are linked at the top which go into much more detail:

August 6, 2019 3:42 pm

I hope the brave bystander has his immunizations up to date. There’s no telling what varieties of germs or multi-legged creatures inhabit these XR folks.

August 6, 2019 4:04 pm

Reginald, I don’t have my glasses on. It looks like that banner we are approaching in our Land Rover reads, “FREE HOOD ORNAMENTS…CHOOSE ONE AS YOU DRIVE THROUGH.”

Greg Cavanagh
Reply to  TEWS_Pilot
August 6, 2019 5:13 pm

Is that how the Texan’s got those horns on the front of their trucks?

or perhaps it’s why….

August 6, 2019 4:06 pm

It sounds like the cops are doing it right and the revolutionaries are doing it wrong. The secret to a successful revolution is to turn the public against the police. When the public actually starts helping the police it’s time for a thoughtful revolutionary to re-evaluate what she’s doing.

Phil R
Reply to  commieBob
August 6, 2019 6:48 pm

With respect, and not a scholar of revolutionary history (but understanding some), I’m not sure there is any such thing as a “thoughtful” revolutionary.

David Chappell
Reply to  Phil R
August 6, 2019 8:44 pm

The protesters in Hong Kong are being branded as revolutionaries by Beijing and its local sycophants. The protest symbol is an umbrella. I think this array of spent tear gas shells might be described as “thoughtful”.

Thomas Homer
Reply to  Phil R
August 7, 2019 6:36 am

George Washington

John M. Ware
Reply to  Phil R
August 7, 2019 8:25 am

Maybe not now, but during the American Revolution we had thoughtful people like Washington, Adams (2), Jefferson, Franklin, Hamilton, P. Henry, T. Paine, and hundreds more, speaking and publishing words and thoughts that still motivate and guide the best people yet today. My thought is that the word “revolutionary” as applied in 1776 is not at all the same as it is when applied today.

Stew Green
August 6, 2019 4:17 pm

A couple of local TV clips
– Short of arrest
– Full report shows the protester ended up with a bloodied head and in hospital

Steven Fraser
August 6, 2019 4:26 pm

Perhaps the citizen will get anoffere from a Rugby club…

Craig from Oz
Reply to  Steven Fraser
August 6, 2019 6:21 pm

Well as long as you are not a Christian you can probably walk into the Wallabies at the moment.

Al Miller
August 6, 2019 4:34 pm

Let’s be honest about this at least have the guts to stand up and say it is an anti-democracy protest. Cowards, climate protest my arse.

August 6, 2019 4:35 pm

“Diversity is our strength”

Said no one with a brain.

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Reply to  clipe
August 6, 2019 11:57 pm

Diversity of views is the hallmark of good science – the hallmark of the bigot is shouting “Diversity is our strength” and then censoring anyone who disagrees.

Harry Passfield
Reply to  Mike Haseler (Scottish Sceptic)
August 7, 2019 1:58 pm

And there was me thinking the left said: ‘Unity is our strength’. Curious.

Christopher Chantrill
August 6, 2019 4:39 pm

My line is that the left is a Great Reaction to the modern era, a lurch back to the past, as in:
socialism is neo-slavery, identity politics is neo-tribalism, activism is neo-knight-errantry.

And so on.

Charlie Adamson
Reply to  Christopher Chantrill
August 7, 2019 10:26 am

Excellent observation Mr. Chantrill,.. Simply excellent!
I would relish having dialogue with you on this subject, because I have been assembling observations for years and what you’ve written fits beautifully. Thank you.

August 6, 2019 4:46 pm

It still looks like a pro-life sign to me….

Gunga Din
August 6, 2019 4:51 pm

What would the legal consequences be if the front line of cars just inched (centimetered?) forward at 1 or 2 miles/hour?
That’s slow enough for them to move out of the way yet not fast enough to harm them if they didn’t.

Greg Cavanagh
Reply to  Gunga Din
August 6, 2019 5:15 pm

They’d just climb over the bonnet and jump on the roof.
You’d need to go a bit faster to minimize damage to your own vehicle like that.

Reply to  Greg Cavanagh
August 7, 2019 3:33 am

they needed some local “piggers” complete with dogs hanging off the back to clear the path;-))
no one ‘d be jumping on their vehicles;-)))

Craig from Oz
August 6, 2019 4:54 pm

I like the photo linked to this article, mainly because not one of these Climate Emergency(tm) luvies are wearing short sleeves.

A tad cold that day was it?

August 6, 2019 5:03 pm

Meanwhile, back at the ranch…Slowest start since at least 2004

August 6, 2019 5:19 pm

The next time they glue themselves to streets, sidewalks or doors, perhaps a group of spectators should arm themselves with water balloons and milkshakes and show the Rebels how it is to be on the receiving end. After all, they seems to think that throwing such things at others is not assault.

August 6, 2019 5:43 pm

I am old enough to remember the film, “”Rebel without a cause””.

Today’s so called rebels don’t have the knowledge to understand what they are protecting about. They are just a bunch of “”Useful Idiots””.

So what do they do when they are not protesting about something ?
Do any of them have a job, or do they prefer to live off the rest
of us taxpayers.


Reply to  Michael
August 6, 2019 7:56 pm


I would call them “Rebels without a clue”…

Alan the Brit
Reply to  Aussiebear
August 7, 2019 1:20 am

I thought that was the definition of a blonde wearing a leather jacket? 😉

As to the protestors, I was always told that young people are always protesting about something, especially if they have’nt a clue what it’s about! It must be some psychological issue with all that testosterone (male & to some extent female) sloshing around unabated! Probably why most prisons in the “free” west are full of young males between the ages of 18 & 35 (supposedly the age at which it starts to fairly quickly decline)! I think it could be the lack of wars these days as we have mostly found better ways ofsettling our differences! I think it was a quote fron Shakepeare’s Corrialanus that had the line something like,…..”peacetime, the biggest cause of bastardy known!” But you Bards enthusiasts will correct me I’m sure!

Reply to  Aussiebear
August 7, 2019 4:49 am

Clueless without a cause?

Michael H Anderson
August 6, 2019 6:08 pm

“Do any of them have a job, or do they prefer to live off the rest of us taxpayers.”

No and yes. Or live off the charity of halfwit billionaires, as described in “State of Fear” and obviously happening right now.

Chris Hanley
August 6, 2019 6:39 pm

Going on past performance the Brisbane coppers will probably charge the bystander with assaulting the fleeing protester.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Chris Hanley
August 6, 2019 10:00 pm

It would not surprise me if the protester actually raised a complaint given he was injured and hospitalised and that complaint upheld.

August 6, 2019 6:53 pm

I haven’t heard of a bystander arrest, but there was a passing motorcycle cop who stopped to chase a protester. Stew Green has posted a twitter link to the clip. It’s also on Youtube at the following address, starting at 0:25.

It’s part of a 2 minute report from Channel 7 news. At about 1:13 you can see the mayor of Brisbane trying to speak but being shouted down by a swampy. That pretty much sums them up – no argument, just try to shout everyone down.

August 6, 2019 7:21 pm

I reckon that there must be rich pickings for some lawyers here. A class action, financed by crowd funding, taken against individuals involved in this nonsense, would soon damp down enthusiasm to take part.
I am sure the police would be happy to provide all the evidence needed and pick out suitable individuals for test cases.
I would be happy to provide a bit of financial support .

It is an interesting concept: A democratic financial vote through the crowd funding mechanism to achieve an objective. Why leave these sorts of decisions just to the manipulating rich?

August 6, 2019 7:39 pm

WOW a couple of hundred protestors they are on a real winner in the public debate stakes. They are going to get themselves in the awkward situation they will have to do stupid illegal things to stay newsworthy, with the inevitable sequence they will really fall foul of the law.

August 6, 2019 9:41 pm

They are rebelling by having a latte instead of a long black.

August 6, 2019 10:28 pm

Its a shame they are not protesting in Darwin with its 3 strikes law, third time these hippies are arrested its twoy years jail LOL

Andy Mansell
August 6, 2019 10:55 pm

Had one of these things waving a bloody silly piece of cardboard at me in London recently- telling me that I was earning while she was burning. I asked what the downside for me was, since I appeared to be excluded from the burning part. I was informed that it wasn’t a joke, blah blah. I then asked how she and her comrades were getting to and from these protests- same response. The annoying thing is that I was minding my own business and these people think they have the right to disrupt my life. I do hope this rabble are not claiming Jobseekers Allowance or similar whilst saving the world…….

August 6, 2019 11:07 pm

Did you hear about the Indian who drank 62 cups of tea ?
The next morning, they found him dead in his tea pee …

August 7, 2019 1:49 am

My very local online newspaper in the UK is now lousy with people spouting “extinction”, “crisis” and “emergency” nonsense. I suspect that this has been gestating for around a year, and the nice warm weather, and the school/uni holidays (many are probably staff and students) has caused them to erupt. Can’t wait for cold wet weather to force them to hibernate.

Flight Level
August 7, 2019 1:57 am

Just envision a pack of motorcycle club bikers coming to a rebellion protestors roadblock.

Reply to  Flight Level
August 7, 2019 3:41 am

yeah would be good fun
however Aus has banned any groups of bikers/riders in clusters over 2 or 3.. I think?

local towns here used to host club runs and it kept pubs and caravan parks in business and theyr behaved and were no trouble at all
two towns have shut their pubs since the bans and parks etc also struggle.
they werent massive numbers all that often but it did make a difference to tiny towns survival.
they ate well and spent well
grey nomads dont tend to eat out or spend as much

Flight Level
Reply to  ozspeaksup
August 7, 2019 7:12 am

No kidding ? Wow. Australia is in trouble deep. Not good when a country is that much in war with it’s own people.

August 7, 2019 2:56 am

For people whining that the world is too warm, they sure are well bundled.

August 7, 2019 3:54 am

Is there something wrong with a cop with bullhorn telling these gits to disperse or they will be dispersed?
Then bring in the fire hoses and wash them into the nearby river.

Reply to  Mike Borgelt
August 7, 2019 4:41 am

You have to pick the right moment and its all in the timing-
So they can explain precisely to the Rabble for Life folks up north where all the missing heat comes from.

August 7, 2019 4:08 am

Young and by their appearance, unemployable twenty something’s, and middle aged middle class folk unable to find a hobby ? Meanwhile, and as revealed by the recent leak, the top honchos will be making out like bandits.

August 7, 2019 5:14 am

Once upon a time we in the Police were proud to be known as a Police Force. It was a Force for good, but over the years it all changed. Today we are a Police Service and the criminals are no longer, they are “Clients”” who are entitled to all of the protections that our civilised society will provide.


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