Queensland Police are poised for mass arrests of Extinction Rebellion protesters who are planning to disrupt Brisbane CBD next week.
Extinction Rebellion organisers have not sought police permission to march or asked for roads to be closed, police said on Friday.
Police have launched Operation Romeo Arrowhead to keep traffic flowing in the city during the protests and have prepared for mass arrests that could overflow the capacity of Brisbane watch house.
Acting Chief Superintendent Tony Fleming said police would use force if necessary and are planning for mass arrests.
“If that is what is necessary to open up the city then that is what we will do,” he told reporters on Friday.
“The last time I saw protests that were spontaneous like this was in the early 1980s.”
The protests are part of a global week of action for “international rebellion week” from October 7-11 aiming to shut down cities around the world to urge governments to take swift radical climate action.
In Brisbane, Extinction Rebellion SEQ’s Facebook page says protesters plan to march from Southbank into Brisbane CBD on Monday morning.
Protests will be held in the CBD each morning from 7.30am to disrupt traffic and conclude on Friday morning with a sit-in occupation of William Jolly Bridge.
Police expect large disruptive protests in the CBD and have warned anyone intending to participate that police will be out in force to protect public safety and order.
A command centre for the police response will operate at Roma St Police headquarters and extra police will be called in from other police districts if needed.