Six people were arrested after demonstrators took to one of Brisbane’s main areas in defiance of an injunction from the Brisbane Supreme Court forbidding the march.
Justice Jean Dalton ruled the pro-refugee rally at Kangaroo Point on Thursday could not go ahead as scheduled over the Story Bridge or Main Street.
She said the action planned could spread COVID-19 and block major arterial roads.
But following the court order on Saturday, hundreds of people marched in damp conditions along Main Street from 2 pm.
The protesters had started at Raymond Park, a short distance from the Central Hotel and Apartments in Kangaroo Point, where refugees and asylum seekers are being held.
They then marched to the hotel, chanting in unison “no hate, no fear, refugees are welcome here” and other war-cry.
Police halted the rally at a major intersection near The Gabba, before organisers urged demonstrators to keep walking around and on the footpath.
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The refugees inside the hotel had previously been detained offshore, before being transferred for medical reasons to Australia.
Some have been detained for 7 years. Protesters fell silent for seven minutes to represent their plight, as they gathered outside on the footpath.
From the balcony of the hotel, refugees and asylum seekers watched the protest, some even phoned in to send updates, and thanks to the protest.
A live Facebook video of the event that was streamed on the Facebook page of Refugee Solidarity Brisbane / Meanjin showed some people being taken away by police, and others being asked to move on.