Thursday, 18 August, 2022

Sydney climate protests: Activists block streets and harbour tunnel

Climate protesters have brought parts of Sydney to a standstill, blocking key roads and a tunnel during rush hour.

The Blockade Australia activists began disruptions on Monday in protest of "Australia's ecological destruction".

Police said the protesters were "violent" and "erratic" while marching through the city and blocking streets with barricades and bins.

Their actions angered some motorists, with one filmed driving through the protest and colliding with people.

New South Wales Police said more than 10 people had been arrested so far.

They included a woman who used a car to block the Sydney Harbour Tunnel.

Blockade Australia has promised to bring Sydney to a "standstill" this week - something they say is required for people to take their message seriously.

The woman who blocked the tunnel livestreamed her protest, explaining that she had witnessed "terrifying" climate change first hand. She identified herself as from Lismore - a town devastated by two major floods earlier this year.