G20 kicks off, police make only four arrests

KRYSATL GORDON

Police kept their eyes on all protesters at the People's March, November 15 2014. Photo: Dan Carson.

Police kept their eyes on all protesters at the People’s March, November 15 2014. Photo: Dan Carson.

Queensland Police say they are pleased with the protests that took place today with only four G20 protest related arrests.

Deputy Police Commissioner Ross Barnett said there were no incidents affecting motorcades, the spouses program, and Obama’s address at the University of Queensland.

He said this was achieved by support from all levels of government and the community.

We worked hard to make the disruptions as short as possible but needed to ensure the safety and security of all the delegates and the community generally to make sure that was not compromised,” he said.

He added that they are pleased about how the BrisCAN Peoples’ March was conducted.

The multiple groups who worked together for the march worked constructively with Police commanders and negotiators.”

Police confirmed they made two arrests for prohibited items, one for a prohibited person entering the declared area and one for trespass.

A 20 year old woman from the Gap was charged for trespass after trying to re-enter the declared area after being excluded.

Activist Ciaron O’Reilly, 54, who was prohibited from the declared area was charged for entering the declared zone.

A 44 year old Dinmore man was charged for wearing a Guy Fawkes style mask during the BrisbCAN Peoples’ March and a 25 year old woman from the Gap was charged for possessing prohibited items such as a gas mask.

Deputy Police Commissioner Ross Barnett said there are currently 19 people excluded and four prohibited persons.

Assistant Police Commissioner G20 Katarina Carroll said they anticipate about seven protests tomorrow.

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