An activist who was arrested during a blockade at Parliament House on Wednesday has been taken to Canberra's prison after telling a court she wanted to stay in jail.
Deanna "Violet" Marie Coco faced the ACT Magistrates Court on Thursday after her arrest during the "Extinction Rebellion" protest against government inaction on climate change.
The group of activists had chained themselves to rented trucks they parked across the four roads into Parliament House, managing to block three, the court heard.
Although prosecutors said they wouldn't oppose Ms Coco's release on bail as long as she agreed not to go near Parliament House, she said she didn't want to apply.
"I'd just like for the court to recognise the criminality of the Australian government for investing in fossil fuels, which is the death of our future," Ms Coco said via video link from another room.
Magistrate Glenn Theakston questioned whether he could just release Ms Coco without needing to put her on bail. He asked whether she was likely to go to Parliament House again.
"Yes," she replied, to loud laughs from a group of supporters in the public gallery.
At one stage the protester blew kisses to her supporters and made a heart shape with her hands, that was returned by her friends.
Despite her resistance to being freed, Mr Theakston released Ms Coco, who has not entered pleas, on bail anyway, on the sole condition she agree not to go near Parliament House.
But that wasn't the end of the matter because ACT law says a person can't be released without signing the bail papers.
Outside court, another protester who was arrested on Tuesday, Anthea Falkiner, confirmed Ms Coco had refused to sign her bail and is now on a hunger strike in the jail.
She said that it was always her fellow activist's plan to refuse bail.
Ms Falkiner described how she and Ms Coco had glued their hands into metal pipes which had to be cut open during the protest.
Ms Falkiner, a mother to two teenage boys, said she was "really angry" and had been protesting what she said was Prime Minister Scott Morrison's inaction on the climate emergency.
The court heard Ms Coco's matter would come to court again on Friday if she refused to sign her bail.
Also on Wednesday, two other protesters, John Wurcher and Ross Brown, pleaded guilty and were fined $600 and $400 and respectively.
Another man, Eric Herbert, was arrested on Tuesday at another Extinction Rebellion protest.
He was convicted and released that day before he was arrested again on Wednesday for the Parliament House protest.
He was convicted and fined $600 on a background of protest-related convictions.
Jessica Ledgewood did not enter a plea and was bailed on condition she not go near Parliament House.
Her case is next due in court in June.
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