‘ScoMo’s got to go’: Protests hit CBD
THOUSANDS of protesters have gathered in Brisbane's CBD and plan to march through the city's streets as anger over the recent bushfires builds.
Protesters packed King George Square, with some of them calling for Prime Minister Scott Morrison to resign over the government's perceived inaction on climate change.
Chants of "ScoMo's got to go" rang out through the city, as the fervent group of protestors moved to occupy Adelaide St.
Buses were backed up for hundreds of metres, delaying public transport for hours.
It is understood police did not approve the blockade.
'This isn't what we wanted to do, but we can't just stand by any longer," protester Marcus Burke said.
"I love this country, man, but what the Government is doing is disgraceful."
Organiser Priya De said the enormous demonstartion defied her expectations.
"About 4000 people are here, young and old, students and workers came out to protest," she said.
The protesters moved through Queen Street Mall and around the block, shouting chants and profanities and brandishing signs.
One showed a koala on fire saying, "I was hoping for a cooler death."
Darcey Rowan was one of hundreds of students representing Uni Students for Climate Justice.
"This is happening in every capital city across the country," he said.
The protests are set to continue every Friday into the foreseeable future.
"This Friday, next Friday, until we get some real change," Mr Rowan said.
"I'll be here at absolutely every one."
Sophie Spencer and her group of friends spent hours creating a cardboard train bearing Scott Morrison's face.
Its destination: "Misinformation station," Ms Spencer said.
"The goal is to get people to ask questions about the climate and the Government.
'There's no running from us."
The protest mirrors those in other major cities organised by Uni Students for Climate Justice, with thousands taking to the streets in Sydney and Melbourne.
Organisers Uni Students for Climate Justice wrote on Facebook they want to "make the climate criminals pay" and "keep up the pressure".
In the Victorian capital, crowds gathered outside the State Library were warned by Premier Daniel Andrews to be mindful of the state's police resources.
"When resources are exhausted, we'd ask that those resources are not diverted," he said.
"Perhaps there are other times to make your point."