Ten Activists Arrested After Hanging Off Sydney Harbour Bridge

Rodiano Bonacci
Mag 16, 2019

About 5.15am on Tuesday, Harbour Bridge security staff spotted several people on the bridge.

While some protesters were initially detained by security personnel, others managed to climb underneath the structure to abseil down the bridge.

"Australians who have survived climate disasters have come to the centre of Sydney to demand action because they are sick of being ignored", Greenpeace Australia Pacific chief executive David Ritter said.

They were all conditionally bailed, charged with climbing the bridge and willfully preventing the free passage of a person/vessel. A short time ago, a further three protesters who were attached to ropes beneath the bridge were arrested.

All 13 were taken to local police stations for questioning.

No charges have been laid yet.

Earlier @7.00am: A group of environmental activists have abseiled off the Sydney Harbour Bridge to call for more action on climate change this morning.

The protest began around dawn, with a number of people involved.

The protest caused some minor delays while police arrested the group and attempted to rescue the ones dangling off the edge.

Six people abseiled down under a public walkway on the western side of the bridge, unveiling Greenpeace banners calling for climate change actions.

Infighting over how to address climate change has marked the coalition's six years in power, with an influential right-wing base demanding Morrison support Australia's coal industry, and the government has struggled to convince voters of its commitment to tackling the issue.

The Government have also had their input on this morning's protest, with Prime Minister Scott Morrison saying that taking action on climate was "important", but said protesters needed to be considerate of others.

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