AFL Grand Final parade in Melbourne is blocked by climate protesters

A handful of climate protesters have disrupted the annual AFL Grand Final parade – lying down in front of the ute carrying the premiership cup in Melbourne. 

The three Extinction Rebellion protesters blocked the parade about halfway through the route and were seen wearing T-shirts with the slogan ‘can’t play footy in 50 degrees’.

Security guards removed the protesters from the route after a few minutes, with helicopter footage showing the demonstrators being dragged away.

Footage shows two of the protesters sitting in front of the ute, with a third laying facedown on the road. 

Two security guards are seen grabbing one of the protestors by their arms and legs and lifting them out of the ute’s way. 

 

Three Extinction Rebellion protesters tried disrupted the annual AFL Grand Final Parade by sitting in front of the ute carrying the premier ship cup (pictured)

Three Extinction Rebellion protesters tried disrupted the annual AFL Grand Final Parade by sitting in front of the ute carrying the premier ship cup (pictured)

The disruption lasted a few minutes before the parade continued to the cheers of adoring Collingwood and Brisbane fans.

About 100,000 fans watched the Grand Final teams and coaches leave the Grand Slam Oval by motorcade and make their way along the river and through to the MCG. 

This year’s Grand Final marks 20-years since Collongwood Magpies and Brisbane Lions have faced off, with the teams expected to play to a sell-out MCG crowd. 

The protestors were seen wearing T-shirts that had the slogan 'can't play footy in 50 degrees'

The protestors were seen wearing T-shirts that had the slogan ‘can’t play footy in 50 degrees’ 

Security guards dragged the the protesters away from the route after a few minutes

Security guards dragged the the protesters away from the route after a few minutes

It also marks the third time the sides have clashed for a premiership since the competition became national.  

Presentation of club captains will take place after the parade, with fans then able to enjoy the AFL’s Footy Festival which has been running since Wednesday. 

More to follow  

source: dailymail.co.uk