Indigenous protesters charged after clashing with police outside Games stadium

THREE Indigenous protesters have been arrested and charged after clashing with police outside the stadium at last night’s Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

Up to 100 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander protesters gathered outside the stadium around 7.30pm, just before the ceremony was due to begin, to protest against the games.

Photos and video uploaded to social media showed several of the protesters clashing with officers after allegedly trying to get into the stadium without tickets.


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The group was vastly outnumbered by police, with hundreds of officers surrounding the Games stadium on foot, horseback and motorbikes.

(Source: Twitter via Stefan Armbruster/@StefArmbruster)

(Source: Twitter via Stefan Armbruster/@StefArmbruster)

A 20-year-old man who had travelled to the Gold Coast from the Northern Territory was arrested and charged with one count of public nuisance. He is due to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court on May 3.

Meanwhile, two Queensland women aged 21 and 30 were also charged with one count each of public nuisance and will appear in the same court on April 23.

(Source: Twitter via Stefan Armbruster/@StefArmbruster)

In a statement, Queensland Police said it will not tolerate “disruptive behaviour” during the Games.

“It will be alleged that some protestors attempted to gain unauthorised entry into the venue,” the statement said.

“The Queensland Police Service respects the right of people to protest lawfully and peacefully in Queensland but will not tolerate disruptive behaviour during the Commonwealth Games and associated events.”

Earlier on Wednesday, a group of up to 30 ‘Stolenwealth Games’ protesters halted the Queen’s Baton Relay at the Spit for almost an hour.

Jaydan is a Digital News Producer at myGC.com.au. He was appointed Managing Editor of the Junee Southern Cross newspaper at the age of 17 and has since held positions in a number of newsrooms in New South Wales and Queensland. Jaydan joined the Hot Tomato Broadcasting Company in 2013 and has been keeping the Gold Coast up to date with the latest local, national and international news online at myGC.com.au ever since. With almost ten years’ experience in both print and digital media Jaydan is committed to providing the best coverage during major news and weather events.

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Hi Jaydan, Why does your article have no mention of what the protesters were actually protesting about?