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Greens councilor Jonathan Sriranganathan arrested for alleged violation on the Brisbane stock exchange

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Serial protester Greens councilor criticizes ‘police state’ when arrested for demonstration at arms fair – and faces court for violation

  • Greens councilor Jonathan Sriranganathan declares ‘police state’ after arrest
  • He was handcuffed by police for allegedly entering the defense expo in Brisbane
  • Mr Sriranganathan said he was on a public footpath during a ‘peaceful’ protest
  • But the police claimed he went past a security point during the Army show

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A controversial Greens councilor harassed police after he was handcuffed and arrested at a defense industry trade show.

Cr Jonathan Sriranganathan took part in a ‘peaceful’ protest at the Land Forces International Land Defense Exposition in Brisbane on Tuesday.

The controversial councilor had called the show, held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, a ‘killing machines expo’.

He called on the ‘Police State of Queensland’ for his arrest.

Councilor Jonathan Sriranganathan (pictured, after his arrest) had called the annual conference, held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, a 'killing machines expo'.

Councilor Jonathan Sriranganathan (pictured, after his arrest) had called the annual conference, held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, a ‘killing machines expo’.

Supporters took to social media (pictured) to defend the councilor and showed a photo of him in a rainbow hat and red trousers, standing next to a police officer

Supporters took to social media (pictured) to defend the councilor and showed a photo of him in a rainbow hat and red trousers, standing next to a police officer

Supporters took to social media (pictured) to defend the councilor and showed a photo of him in a rainbow hat and red trousers, standing next to a police officer

The councilor said he was arrested while standing on a public road, but police allege he entered a restricted area through a security barrier (photo, Cr Sriranganathan)

The councilor said he was arrested while standing on a public road, but police allege he entered a restricted area through a security barrier (photo, Cr Sriranganathan)

The councilor said he was arrested while standing on a public road, but police allege he entered a restricted area through a security barrier (photo, Cr Sriranganathan)

The councilor said he was arrested while standing on a public road, but police claimed he entered a restricted area, past a security barrier.

He would also have tried to deny people access to the hall.

“The 34-year-old man has been asked to leave several times and has reportedly refused to comply,” police said.

He was subsequently arrested for trespassing.

“During his arrest, he allegedly resisted the police.”

But Cr Sriranganathan took to social media and said he had been at a “peaceful gathering” when he was arrested and that he was not trespassing.

“Queensland is still a police state,” he said.

I was just arrested for ‘trespassing’ for participating in a peaceful rally against the Army’s military weapons expo while standing on a public footpath outside the convention center.”

He said a convention center employee told him he was trespassing while he was on the sidewalk.

Cr Sriranganathan (pictured, during an anti-monarchy protest last month) said a convention center employee told him he was trespassing while he was on the footpath, urging police to “take action” against him

Police claimed he had tried to ban people from attending the event (pictured, the controversial councilor in 2019)

Police claimed he had tried to ban people from attending the event (pictured, the controversial councilor in 2019)

Police claimed he had tried to ban people from attending the event (pictured, the controversial councilor in 2019)

Cr Sriranganathan (pictured during BLM protest in Brisbane in 2020) was charged with one count of police violation and obstruction, and was released on bail on October 19 to appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court.

Cr Sriranganathan (pictured during BLM protest in Brisbane in 2020) was charged with one count of police violation and obstruction, and was released on bail on October 19 to appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court.

Cr Sriranganathan (pictured during BLM protest in Brisbane in 2020) was charged with one count of police violation and obstruction, and was released on bail on October 19 to appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court.

“I asked to see evidence that the footpath I was on was not public/government land, but he was not interested in a respectful conversation – he just ordered me to move,” said Cr Sriranganathan.

“He then asked police officers to take action, and they arrested me for trespassing.”

Cr Sriranganathan was charged with one count of police violation and obstruction and was released on bail on 19 October to appear before the Brisbane Magistrates Court.

He said it was “annoying” that the strict bail conditions did not allow him to protest further at the Land Forces Expo.

Supporters took to social media to defend the councilor, showing a photo of him in a rainbow cap and red trousers, standing next to a police officer.

Ben Pennings said the Cr Sriraganathan was arrested for “doing his job” and said the charge of resisting arrest was “stupid/fake”.

The councilor was part of an anti-monarchy protest last month and was an active voice for climate change and Black Lives Matter.

He said it was 'annoying' that the strict bail conditions did not allow him to protest further at the Land Forces expo (pictured, the councilor at a climate action march in Brisbane last year)

He said it was 'annoying' that the strict bail conditions did not allow him to protest further at the Land Forces expo (pictured, the councilor at a climate action march in Brisbane last year)

He said it was ‘annoying’ that the strict bail conditions did not allow him to protest further at the Land Forces expo (pictured, the councilor at a climate action march in Brisbane last year)