In Brisbane, Australia, action being taken by police in accordance with state legislation banning street marches took a new turn on Monday (10 April) when three clergymen were arrested for singing hymns on state property.
SV PAN Demonstrators seated, singing hymns, being arrested and led away by police. (4 shots)
GV and CU PAN Demonstrators outside magistrates court with banners (four shots)
SV Police next to police vehicle.
SV Woman demonstrator fighting male passer-by and being separated by other protesters.
SCU PAN Four defendants who were given bail.
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Background: In Brisbane, Australia, action being taken by police in accordance with state legislation banning street marches took a new turn on Monday (10 April) when three clergymen were arrested for singing hymns on state property. Their arrest and subsequent court appearance prompted a group of church-goers to protest the ban.
SYNOPSIS: The three clergymen and a group of followers were arrested by police after sitting down opposite Parliament House in Brisbane and singing hymns. The group from the uniting and Anglican churches and calling themselves Concerned Christians, were protesting what they felt was an erosion of civil liberties following the banning of street marches by Queensland premier John Bjelke Peterson. The ban was imposed to prevent further demonstrations against the Federal government's policy to develop and export uranium.
The following day, the arrested clergymen and their followers appeared in court to face charges of illegally gathering on state property. Their appearance before the court prompted a further demonstration as about a dozen Concerned Christians gathered to protest.
The demonstration was peaceful except for an angry clash between one of the women demonstrators and a passer-by. Since the ban on public demonstrations was brought in there have been many arrests as police have tried to enforce it.
And the leader of the Queensland State Opposition Party, Mr. Tom Burns, has criticised what he called Mr. Peterson's flagrant disregard for basic civil rights.