Blockade Australia protesters have filmed themselves charging down the streets of Sydney for another day of wild climate change demonstrations.
A live-stream of the group shared to Facebook showed dozens running through the city’s CBD towards Hyde Park on Tuesday morning, while loud chants of ‘what do we want? Climate justice!’ rang out through the streets.
‘Come to Sydney to resist climate inaction by taking strategic direct action in the heart of Australia,’ the group said.
‘Coordinated action is more important than ever.’
About 50 members were seen in Tuesday’s action – many wearing face masks – while a long line of police officers walked nearby.
‘This is about all the things that are necessary for life to survive on earth,’ one activist filming the demonstration said.
Police were seen questioning one woman while two men were dragged away in handcuffs.
Blockade Australia protesters have filmed themselves charging down the streets of Sydney for another day of wild climate change demonstrations
Another member, James Woods said the human species was ‘teetering on the edge of total collapse’.
‘We are facing a catastrophic climate collapse, the biggest existential threat our species has ever known, and the system that we call Australia is driving us straight past the point of no return,’ he said.
‘There is no possibility of meaningful change within this system. Australia has been designed to operate as a project of extraction and exploitation, and without a total upheaval of this project, we have absolutely no chance of survival.’
The group have urged more Aussies to join them for another day of chaos on Wednesday.
NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet said the activists would face consequences.
‘It can’t go on for much longer, these people are dumb, divisive, disrespectful and they’re bloody idiots who will face the full force of the law,’ he told 2GB.
‘These are not isolated incidents, it’s a coordinated campaign.’
LNP Senator Matt Canavan blasted the protesters as ‘eco terrorists’ and called for law-breakers to be shown the ‘full force of the law’.
A live-stream of the group shared to Facebook showed dozens running through the city’s CBD towards Hyde Park on Tuesday morning, while loud chants of ‘what do we want? Climate justice!’ rang out through the streets
‘This just shows the folly of negotiating with eco-terrorists. These people will never be happy,’ he told Sky News on Tuesday morning.
‘Give them an inch they’ll take a mile. We signed up to net zero and now they want to end coal next year.
‘They have no idea how world works – they want to threaten and bully people into submission.
‘We have to stand up to it and say no more.
‘People who break the law should be arrested face the full force of the law and there should be no sympathy for them.’
He described the protesters as ‘unreasonable and violent’.
Earlier Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek backed the right to protest but said demonstrators must obey the law.
Ten Blockade Australia members were charged after similar demonstrations in Sydney on Monday.
Police allege 60 people were involved the unauthorised demonstration, which saw a hoard of activists storm the streets blocking off traffic at various locations.
Six women and four men aged between 21 and 49 from three states were arrested and charged with a string of offences related to willfully preventing the free passage of a person or vehicle.
Blockade Australia caused more havoc on Monday, blocking the road leading into the Harbour tunnel
All but one were refused bail to appear in either Central or Downing Centre Court on Tuesday and could be facing heavy fines and up to two years in jail.
Police established Strike Force Guard vowing to maintain a highly visible presence in the CBD for the rest of the week after Blockade Australia warned of further disruptions.
‘It is unacceptable that a small number of people – who have little to no regard for everyday individuals going about their lives, are causing unnecessary disruptions to their morning commute,’ Acting Assistant Commissioner Paul Dunstan said.
‘What these individuals are doing is both illegal and unsafe, putting the lives of themselves, the general public and our officers in danger by running on roadway and blocking roads by other means to disrupt traffic.’
Dozens of specialist officers were deployed to assist in the operation, including the Public Order and Riot Squad, Mounted Police, Rescue Squad, Dog Squad, Traffic and Highway Patrol and Transit Police.
Both sides of the NSW government condemned the protestors’ actions.
‘I would say this to the protesters: Go and get a real job,’ Deputy Premier Paul Toole said.
‘Go and talk to somebody who’s actually been delayed in getting to work today.’
Protesters hold a sign outside the Sydney Harbour Tunnel as a car blocks off traffic on Monday