Two animal rights activists have been arrested and charged with trespass and causing a common nuisance after allegedly hooking themselves to a gantry on the Tasman bridge.
About 30 people took part in a demonstration on Tasman bridge on Wednesday morning, demanding closure of a Derwent Valley abattoir that allegedly featured in footage of animal cruelty released to the ABC last week.
The group also hung a banner from the bridge that obscured directive signs for drivers.
Tasmania Police Acting Inspector Philippa Burk said two activists removed themselves from the gantry following police negotiations.
“Tasmania Police appreciates that people have the democratic right to protest but actions such as what occurred this morning will not be tolerated,” Ms Burk said.
“Peak-hour traffic was thrown into chaos, the safety of the two protesters on the gantry of the bridge was a risk and the actions of the protesters could have resulted in a traffic crash on the bridge.”
A 22-year-old Howrah man and a 29-year-old Rosny woman have been bailed to appear in the Magistrates Court in Hobart at a later date.
Premier Will Hodgman was among commuters held up by traffic delays caused by a lane closure during the protest.
“We respect people’s right to protest and express their views,” Mr Hodgman said.
“We believe it should be done lawfully, respectfully and should not impact on people’s ability to earn a living.”