Climate change protester live streams from inside police cell after being arrested

A protester appears to have been able to live stream from inside a police watch house after she was arrested.

Extinction Rebellion spokeswoman and midwife Emma Dorge, who goes by the name Emma Jade on Facebook, posted a video to her social page with a call to action after she says she was taken into custody on Wednesday morning.

“Resist. Do something. Do not uphold the state,” Dorge, 23, wrote alongside her livestream.

“Our lives, our ecosystems are a stake.

“Every morning I wake up exhausted and terrified of the world we live in and how much worse it's going to get. And if you've got the privilege and ability to have some sort of resistance, and you don’t then, I'm angry at you too.

Emma Dorge, 23, live streamed from inside the Brisbane police watch house after police missed her phone during a search. Source: Facebook / Emma Jade

“You're living on stolen land, in an illegal occupation of so called Australia and you're watching the sixth mass extinction unfold. Time is running out and we know how to fix this.”

The 23-year-old claimed she was able to smuggle her phone into Brisbane’s Roma Street watch house after Queensland Police failed to find it on her person during a search.

The climate change activist went on to accuse police officers of being “class traitors” who should “never be trusted”.

She also added: “They are also bad at pat down searches.”

During the live stream, Dorge appears to become emotional, saying: “I don’t understand why there’s not more of you out here with us. We’re doing this for you.”

The protester also denies breaching her bail conditions in the video and said she was going to be in court.

After about 14 minutes, Dorge ends the video.

She was arrested on Wednesday morning for breaking a bail condition imposed two days earlier banning her from entering the Brisbane CBD.

A spokesperson from Queensland Police told Yahoo News Australia that upon her arrival at the Brisbane Watch House the 23-year-old “was searched using a wand and a pat-down search which provided a negative detection”.

After the young woman was taken to the court cells, police became aware she was live-streaming and she was searched again.

Activists from Extinction Rebellion participate in a mock funeral procession during protests in Brisbane on Thursday. Source: AAP Image/Glenn Hunt

“Police subsequently located a mobile phone and a tube of superglue on the woman,” the spokesperson said in a statement on Thursday evening.

“Police have reviewed the incident and whilst her behaviour was concerning, no further offences were detected,” they added.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Josh Kelly opposed her bail but the application was rejected after Dorge explained to Magistrate Elizabeth Hall the incursion occurred only because police pulled the car in which she was a passenger into a side street that was in her no-go zone.

Dorge was released to reappear for the breach of bail and two other protest-related matters on three dates later in October.

In a statement to Yahoo News Australia, Queensland Police said seven people in total were arrested in Brisbane during the climate change protests which were held throughout Australia’s major cities on Wednesday.

“The people, ranging in age from 17 to 67, will appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court on a range of charges including endangering safety of persons travelling by railway, obstruct police and contravene direction or requirement,” police said.

“The Queensland Police Service (QPS) acknowledges and respects the right to lawful and peaceful protests and remains committed to working with groups that are cooperative in facilitating protest through lawful activities.

“The QPS would also like to thank members of the public for their continued patience as police, emergency services and partner agencies work to manage protest activity and minimise disruptions to transportation networks.”

The protests were part of the global Extinction Rebellion movement, pushing for action on climate change.

Extinction Rebellion activist Eric Herbert is seen participating in a protest in Brisbane on Thursday. Source: AAP Image/Glenn Hunt

Cities across Australia have been disrupted by the group's "spring rebellion" – a week of action that started on Monday and is due to stretch into the weekend.

In Melbourne, dozens of climate activists who locked themselves together to block a major CBD intersection were arrested.

Protesters locked their arms together inside lengths of pipe at the corner of Spencer and Collins streets in front of Southern Cross station on Thursday.

Other activists glued their hands to a road outside the nearby Melbourne Aquarium.

Police arrested a total of 41 people with 22 receiving fines and 19 others charged with intentionally obstructing an emergency services worker.

The protesters lacked the common sense to work with Victoria Police and transport officers, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said.

"These people have not done that and they are winning no friends, no friends whatsoever, by the way they are conducting themselves," he said.

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