Police arrest five people as Commonwealth Games protests continue

UPDATE: @ 6:30pm

Queensland Police have confirmed five people have been arrested following a protest on the Gold Coast this morning.

Officers were called to oversee the protest at 9am this morning at Kurrawa Beach and then Broadbeach Mall.


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The men were taken into custody after they allegedly refused to cooperate with police.

They have been charged with the following.

  • A 20- year-old Northern Territory man has been charged with one count of breaching bail conditions.
  • A 19- year-old Fairfield man has been charged with one count each of contravene a direction and obstruct police.
  • A 61- year-old New South Wales man has been charged with two counts of contravene a direction and one count of obstructing police.
  • A 49- year-old Woorabinda man has been charged with one count each of contravene a direction and obstruct police.
  • A 55- year-old Eight Mile Plains man has been charged with one count each of contravene a direction and obstruct police.

The men are due to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court next month.

EARLIER @ 5:30pm

A series of protests against the Commonwealth Games by an indigenous group has continued, with five people taken into custody today.

There have been multiple protests against the Games, as the protestors urge the Government to create an Australian Truth Commission to acknowledge the sovereignty of Australia’s First Peoples.

One of the people arrest today was former Northern Territory youth detainee, Dylan Voller.

The 21-year-old was placed in the back of a police car before Officers noticed he had wrapped part of his T-shirt around his neck.

Police say they pulled the vehicle over and cut the shirt clear of Voller’s throat with a small knife before he was treated by paramedics and taken to the hospital.

It is understood Volley is under police guard at the hospital, where he is in a stable condition.

There are further reports the group has moved to the Southport Watchhouse to welcome their fellow protesters when they are released later today.

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