Dozens of people have turned up to a Sydney court to support NSW Greens MP David Shoebridge and others arrested at a climate protest outside Scott Morrison’s prime ministerial residence.
Shoebridge was one of 10 people arrested for disobeying a police direction to move on from the Kirribilli residence in December.
He said the police action on the day was “overreach” and intends to plead not guilty at Manly Local Court on Thursday.
“This was gross police overreach,” Mr Shoebridge told reporters outside court.
“There was no proper basis for police to issue the move on orders and send the riot squad in.
“This was clearly an act of intimidation designed to break the will of protesters.”
Izzy Raj-Seppings, the 13-year-old who made headlines when she was moved on by police during the protest, said it was “terrifying” when the riot squad arrived.
The teenager wasn’t arrested but said she was “humiliated” when the police ordered her to move on.
“I felt like I had done something wrong, I felt like I was a criminal but I was one of the lucky ones,” she told reporters outside the court.
“We have the right to demonstrate.”It’s horrendous they came and shut it down.”