Topless Extinction Rebellion protesters with 'gas kills' painted on their backs have been accused of gluing themselves to a Sydney building
Topless Extinction Rebellion protesters with 'gas kills' painted on their backs have been accused of gluing themselves to a Sydney building.
Member of the extremist climate change group allegedly entered the lobby of the Information and Privacy Commission building on Elizabeth Street in the CBD at 1.30pm on Tuesday.
Dressed in nothing but pants, black face masks and vibrant body paint, the crew allegedly fastened their palms to the building windows to make a stand against a new $3.6billion coal seam gas field in Narrabri, northern New South Wales.
Footage posted on the group's Facebook page showed the half-naked activists allegedly vandalising the government structure with spray paint, waving their trademark hourglass flags in the foyer and holding a large banner that read 'no gas'.
One male 'rebel' with a black mask and face paintfrom told the camera 'it's fun to be part of the action'.
'They try to make the frontline out in the forest and the gas fields and the coal fields, but really the frontline is here in the city where the fat cats make the decisions and where the corruption takes place.'
Protesters starteddancing and singing as police arrived on the scene armed with glue solvents to prise skin from glass.
As officers freed one topless woman's palms from the windows, she lay on the tiles in protest and waited for police to lift her up and escort her to a paddy wagon.
The group allegedly refused to leave the building when asked by riot squads, resulting in multiple arrests.
'It's alleged five people - a 31-year-old man and four women ... refused to leave and police assisted to remove them from the window,' police said in a statement.
A woman from Blacktown, 29, and Mittagong, 48, were each charged with destroy or damage property, remain on prescribed premises without lawful excuse, and wilful and obscene exposure in/near public place/school.
Two more women, age 60 and 70, were both charged with remain on prescribed premises without lawful excuse, and wilful and obscene exposure in/near public place/school.
A man, from Victoria, was charged with two counts of malicious damage and remain on prescribed premises without lawful excuse.
The woman, 29, and manwere refused bail to appear at Central Local Court on Wednesday.
Three others were granted conditional bail to appear at Downing Centre Local Court on November 5.
Despite the arrests, supporters flocked to the group's Facebook page with words of encouragement.
'Awesome! You guys are climate heroes. With you in spirit in Melbourne,' one fan wrote.
'Oh Wow, Go Guys! what a fantastic action so Proud of you all,' another shared.
But others asked why the group were semi-naked.
'Great work guys! But I don't understand why topless?,' a confused supporter asked.
'(sic) Y be naked?' another wrote.