Protest set to disrupt Brisbane traffic

A rally supporting the release of more than 100 asylum seekers holed-up in an inner Brisbane hotel is expected to block one of the city’s main arterial roads.

Refugee Solidarity Brisbane/ Meanjin will gather on Main St, Woolloongabba at midday outside the Kangaroo Point Central Hotel where about 120 men are being detained.

Some have been confined to the hotel for a year but have notched up almost seven years in detention overall.

Protesters are demanding community release for the men who were brought to Australia for medical treatment from offshore detention under Medevac orders.

Main St is expected to be blocked from midday until 1.30pm when the protesters will then block a side street.

The hotel has seen a succession of protests that have ramped up in the last few weeks.

Acting Immigration Minister Alan Tudge has previously said that the men came out under Labor’s medevac laws and those determined to be refugees could resettle outside of Australia.

© AAP 2020