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Campbell Newman Brenda Strong

70 groups unite to plan G20 protests

MORE than 70 organisations have joined together to form a group and plan a co-ordinated campaign against the upcoming G20 Summit.

Australia officially took over the G20 Summit presidency at the weekend.

The G20 Summit will be held next year in Brisbane on November 15-16 and will bring together world leaders including United States President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Brisbane Community Action Network G20 spokesman Benjamin Pennings said on Monday  the organisation was formed to express dissent at the summit and what it stood for.

"The group of 20 is involved in the erosion of civil liberties as a mechanism of control and fails to provide meaningful, sustainable and just community-focused solutions to global crises and conflict," he said.

"We are planning mainstream marches, rallies and events in the lead-up to the summit.

"It will be mainly in the month before and during the summit."

Mr Pennings said he was aware of the Queensland Government's tough new laws introduced specifically for the summit.

The new laws will allow police to arrest and detain anyone deemed a threat without giving them bail for at least the week of the summit.

Furthermore, police would be able to search people on the spot and publicly broadcast the names and photos of people listed prohibited from the city.

"Each group and individual will look at the risks in relation to the State Government laws," Ms Pennings said.

"We are very aware of the laws and we are seeking legal advice as to where we stand in relation to them.

"We will be protesting in a responsible and law-abiding manner.

"I can not see any of the violence associated with other G20 Summits across the world occurring in Brisbane."

Mr Pennings said the organisation had opened up dialogue with Queensland Police and said that would be ongoing.

Premier Campbell Newman said the G20 Summit was an opportunity to promote the state on the international scene.

"We are very excited about the G20 coming to this state and to this city because we intend to showcase Queensland to the globe," he said.

"There will be some inconvenience over the few days of the event, but I assure Queenslanders and the citizens of Brisbane that that minor inconvenience ultimately will be worthwhile because a lot of very big benefits will be coming because of the international interest on our state."

The Federal Government will wear the majority of the $400 million it will cost to host the summit.



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