Police arrest over 30 Extinction Rebellion activists

  • 07/10/2019

Police have arrested over 30 members of Extinction Rebellion after the group protested in Wellington on Monday. 

The arrests started after members of the protest blocked Lambton Quay 

A statement released by Extinction Rebellion said several hundred people - including members of the public - stood to support, chant and sing. Applause and cheers broke out as each person was peacefully removed by police.

In a statement police said they were pleased in general with the behaviour of protestors. 

A police spokesperson said the protest was largely peaceful and they confirmed about 30 people were arrested towards the end of the day. 

The arrests were made without incident and all were released without charge.

Earlier in the day protestors attached themselves to a glass wall inside ANZ Bank on Lambton Quay.

Activists crammed into the bank on Monday afternoon, before six individuals glued themselves to a window.

Earlier on Monday morning protesters forced a Government building into lockdown and backed up traffic.

Protesters caused chaos in the CBD, forcing a Government building into lockdown and backing up traffic.

Ministry of Bussiness Innovation and Employment (MBIE) acting deputy chief executive Adrian Regnault told Newshub employees were told to avoid the area. 

 "People have been advised to stay away from 15 Stout Street today due to the Extinction Rebellion protest action currently taking place.