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Sergio Herbert, right, was held for four days in custody in Brisbane. Photo supplied.

Extinction Rebellion (XR) are claiming that a 20 year old environmental activist was held in custody for four days without legal support after a protest last Thursday.

Extinction Rebellion SEQ spokesperson Clancey Maher said the Brisbane courts refused to release Sergio Herbert who was fined $400 on Friday for failure to comply with a police direction.

Herbert was streaming live to Facebook when the arrest happened.

‘Friends of Sergio, who is a member of Extinction Rebellion SEQ, tried to pay the fine on his behalf but the court refused to accept the fine and Sergio has been held in custody.

‘He was already held in custody for two days and we were told he would not be released until Sunday,’ she said. ‘In the brief hearing on Friday it emerged that Sergio was not made aware of the charges he was facing until he arrived at court, he was not offered bail and was denied attempts to get support from a lawyer.’

Sergio had been arrested twice in the previous weeks as Extinction Rebellion has been stepping up their efforts to get serious action on the climate crisis. ‘Sergio is a young man scared for his physical future,’ said Ms Clancey. ‘He is non-violently, peacefully standing up for all our futures.’

On Thursday Sergio participated in civil disobedience with Extinction Rebellion to try and bring strong action on the climate crisis. ‘Permafrost is melting 70 years faster than predicted,’ he said. ‘Icecaps are melting faster than predicted and my physical future is at risk. When will our society take this seriously?’

On recent traffic disruptions in the CBD that Sergio has been involved in, Clancey said disrupting traffic and being placed in custody is the last thing Sergio or anyone wants to be doing. ‘Political leaders have failed for decades to protect our future and we have to do it ourselves now, any way we can. A breakthrough report published in early June endorsed by former chief of the Australian Defence Force Admiral Chris Barrie*, suggests human civilisation might collapse by 2050 due to the climate crisis.

‘Without serious disruptive push-back from the people, our political leaders will continue to drive us down the road to climate chaos.

‘Right now the police and government are proving that they are not taking the climate threat seriously and worse are severely punishing those like Sergio who are standing up for our future.

‘Disruptions will continue and increase until this society steps up and faces scientific reality.’

After his release Sergio said police and court behaviour is becoming draconian. ‘I am willing to go to gaol, however I should not be in the position I am which gives me no other option. We all have to stand up for our safe future, we need people to take this seriously. Civil disobedience is all we have left. Fill the streets, fill the prisons, save our lives.’

Sergio plans to be part of the Extinction Rebellion’s swarming of Brisbane CBD this week and is calling on everyone to join him. ‘Until our future is secured, I won’t stop.’

* The report can be viewed here: https://www.breakthroughonline.org.au/papers)

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  1. Sergio Herbert,
    I as a pensioner, salute you !
    I am no longer physically able to participate in such peaceful,pertinate and positive protests, it breaks my heart to see what this country has become, where the best are criminalised and the corrupt are made ‘Australian of the year’ or given government backing .
    While it is lamentable that you and many others are abused in this fashion, please be heartened by the fact that so many of us apreciate the work you do, which demonstrates ,so incontrovertably that it is the law, police and the government that are the enemy of the people, and any moves to expose them will be treated in such a corrupt mannor.

  2. Well, our ‘legal system’ has just gone down the drain.
    Won’t be long before we’ll all face the lock-up due to
    ‘thought speech’. Extinction Rebellion’s non-violent &
    peaceful & needs to stay that way. Let us NOT allow
    a turn-around wasp-net take its place.

  3. Sergio to you and your mates ..may i suggest you apply for more Jobs!!! … the very people you are you are causing delays for ..are the very individuals that pay you every fortnight….dont worry this is been looked at by the Government!! If you have so much spare time, to travel to protest in your fossil fuel vehicles… may we all suggest that you travel firstly to japan on a fossil fuel plane ..to glue yourself to the ships, that are about to leave anytime to slaughter the echo warriors of the oceans..while your at it ..book another fossil fuel flight to the Amazon, and try to stop the destruction of the ancient rainforests..EARTHS OXYGEN…you selfish, camera chasing…. individuals you are protesting in the wrong country…go to China , Malaysia, India and see how long it takes to get arrested..they are the polluters of the world..and yes stefanie the “thought speech police” are in full force in the UK ..fact !! And the way its going, with this political correctness , Australia is Next ..

  4. Perhaps eric “sergio” Herbert should start taking responsibility for climate change by making better choices a smaller scale. Simple things like making responsible ethical choices in his personal life. Watching sbs the feed last night and he’s posing while drinking a can of red bull. Red bull are major formula one sponsers. The average road car omits 4600 kg of carbon per year. An F1 car omits 13,000kg per race. So while he’s supergluing himself to things and just causing chaos for the general public, his own personal choices support the destruction of this planet. Nothing but an idealistic hypocrite.


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