Police have clashed with protesters in the heart of Brisbane as they attempted to block a major intersection.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk met with a group of protesters in protest over the appointment of Queensland Police Commissioner Greg Horton.
Ms PalasZczuk said the protests were peaceful and she had spoken to the protesters who said they were there to protect the rights of those who were protesting.
“They have an interest in having peaceful demonstrations and we are very happy with that,” she said.
She said the police force was working to restore order.
Police said the protesters were peaceful.
Brisbane Police spokesman Acting Sergeant Brett Kelly said the group had erected a fence along an area of the intersection where the protesters had blocked the road.
The group said it was a protest against the appointment.
There were no injuries to officers or protesters, Sergeant Kelly said.
The protesters had made it to the intersection and were continuing to make their way through the intersection when police ordered them to stop, Sergeant Kerrigan said.
“At this stage there are no protesters involved in any of the events that occurred yesterday,” he said.
“They’ve moved to the side of the road.”
Quebec Premier Jean Charest and Queensland Police Chief Greg Horton met protesters in a meeting in the city’s east on Monday.
Mr Charest said he was concerned about the use of force.
He said the state was “at a crossroads” and that he was disappointed in the “overwhelming majority of our officers who acted peacefully”.
Queenas Premier Jean-Claude Briere met protesters on Monday morning, meeting with the Queensland Council of Social Services.
At a news conference, Ms Briere said police were working “exclusively” to bring peace to the streets and to make sure protesters could peacefully protest.
Thousands of protesters have been protesting in Brisbane in the past week after the appointment on Monday of Greg Horton, a police officer from a major Brisbane precinct.
Many of the protesters have gathered in the Brisbane CBD since Monday morning and marched through the city on Sunday night.
They were protesting Mr Horton’s appointment and the way the Queensland Police Service is funded.
A rally was also held in Sydney’s CBD on Saturday night, organised by the group Disrupt Queensland.
More than 1,000 people attended the rally in Brisbane.
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