THE biggest single group of protesters arrested in Tasmania since the days of the Gordon-below- Franklin blockades will have to wait for their day in court.

Inspector Glen Woolley said yesterday he hadn’t seen a group of people arrested as big as the one that took over the steps of Parliament House last Thursday.

“We wouldn’t have seen anything like this one since the days of the Gordon-below-Franklin blockades,” he said.

More than half the group of more than 100 protesters stood their ground when police attempted to move them from the steps to the lawns of Parliament House for their peaceful protest late last week.

The individuals were members of the Tamar Valley-based Pulp the Mill group who are committed to civil disobedience as a way to protest against the proposed Gunns $2.5 billion pulp mill at Bell Bay.

Pulp the Mill spokeswoman Lucy Landon-Lane said the protest was the third of its kind so far by the group, with more planned.

The protestors’ appeal against their bail conditions will be heard in the Hobart Magistrates Court on Thursday.

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