5 April – Dylan Voller was arrested at the Commonwealth Games after allegedly trying to storm the stadium as a protest turned ugly during the opening ceremony.
The former Northern Territory youth detainee was demonstrating for Aboriginal rights when a group allegedly rushed the Gold Coast venue where the ceremony was taking place and were wrestled into handcuffs by police.
Voller and two women were charged with one count of public nuisance each after several fights broke out. The 20-year-old man will appear at Southport Magistrates Court on May 3.
Police said they would not tolerate disruptive behaviour during the Games after clashing with demonstrators after non-ticket holders allegedly tried to get into Carrara Stadium.
“Around 7.30pm, a group of people were protesting in a carpark outside of the stadium,” said Queensland Police in a statement. “It will be alleged that some protesters attempted to gain unauthorised entry into the venue.
“The Queensland Police Service respects the right of people to protest lawfully and peacefully in Queensland but will not tolerate disruptive behaviour during the Commonwealth Games and associated events.”
Two Queensland women aged 21 and 30 were also charged with one count each of public nuisance and are due to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court on April 23.
The drama came after a day of mostly peaceful “Stolenwealth” protests turned ugly, with scuffles breaking out as around 100 demonstrators faced off with police on horseback.
The demonstrators carried banners reading “Colonisation Is Not A Game” and chanted “always was, always will be Aboriginal land” as they waved Aboriginal flags.
They were pushed back by police as they tried to enter the stadium, chanting “No Justice, No Games”. They had earlier been directed by police into a field across the road from the main entrance via a soggy paddock and car park.
A smaller group halted the Queen’s baton relay briefly earlier Wednesday by blocking a road near Main Beach before the route was amended for the final 14 baton bearers to continue.