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Crisafulli blasts 'lunatics' as Extinction Rebellion plans chaos

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Liberal National Party leader David Crisafulli has lambasted Extinction Rebellion protesters as “lunatics” and the “Do-nothing Brigade” and demanded they let Brisbane residents “bloody well get home to their family”.

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The climate change activists are due to hold another protest in central Brisbane on Friday, their third in two months.

Extinction Rebellion protesters will slowly cycle through the city to disrupt traffic and highlight the need to reach net-zero emissions by 2025 and halt biodiversity loss.

Crisafulli fired an unprompted broadside at the protesters during a news conference on Friday, saying they were damaging their cause by targeting commuters.

“All I say to them is: I don’t just defend your right to protest, I respect it, but respect the rights of people to get to work and bloody well get home to their family,” he told reporters.

“They are doing themselves absolutely no service whatsoever because there will be people stuck in traffic today who actually support stronger environmental laws.”

The LNP leader said commuters would be “peeved off at these lunatics carrying on” that the protesters’ own message about protecting the environment would be watered down.

Crisafulli told Extinction Rebellion if they stood on the side of the road in rain or hot sun every day, they would get more respect from the people they were trying to reach.

“What they do is they rock up once every few months when they can muster up the energy and they impact people’s ability to get home and go and have a beer with their loved ones,” he said.

“It doesn’t help because it makes the everyday person seethe with anger, and it makes me seethe with anger.

“And we should be calling that out for what it is: a group of people who are the Do-nothing Brigade. They won’t stop until there is no mining industry, until there is no construction industry, until there is no economic growth whatsoever.”

-AAP

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