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Sydney Harbour Bridge traffic: chaos as climate protesters block Cahill Expressway

Sydney Harbour Bridge traffic: chaos as climate protesters block Cahill Expressway 2

Peak hour traffic chaos as climate protesters block the Sydney Harbour Bridge with a TRUCK before cops pounce and make VERY dramatic arrests

  • Climate activists have brought traffic on Sydney Harbour Bridge to abrupt halt 
  • Protesters standing on top of truck letting of flares while others sat on the road
  • Police made four arrests with protesters facing fines and possibly jail time
  • Fireproof Australia threatens to cause more chaos Thursday for jailed activist

Radical climate protesters have sparked more peak hour traffic chaos, this time on the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Motorists heading into the city face a long commute to work on Wednesday with traffic brought to a halt by a group of protesters blocking the Cahill Expressway with a truck.

Several demonstrators stood on top of the truck parked in the left-hand southbound lane of the bridge.

Other protesters sat in the middle of the road blocking frustrated commuters with kilometres of traffic banked up back to the Lane Cove Tunnel.

Dozens of police quickly arrived on scene, where they climbed on top of the truck to drag down at least two activists.

Four protesters from Fireproof Australia were arrested.

Climate protesters have caused more traffic chaos, this time on the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Climate protesters have caused more traffic chaos, this time on the Sydney Harbour Bridge

A spokesman told Daily Mail Australia the four protesters arrested have been taken to Day Street police station, where they’re in the process of being charged.

‘A police operation is under way in a southbound lane of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Officers from Sydney City Police Area Command and Police Rescue are responding,’ an earlier statement read.

‘Motorists are advised of potential delays and to avoid the area if possible.’

Live video from the group’s Facebook page shows protester Violet Coco filmed standing on top of the truck letting off a flare.

She was joined by Alan, 40, who says he’s a firefighter.  

‘Two protesters have glued themselves to the roadway and until the police able to unstick their hands they will stay there in front of this truck,’ Alan said. 

Protester Violet was livestreamed standing on top of truck letting off an emergency flare

Protester Violet was livestreamed standing on top of truck letting off an emergency flare

Police have arrived on scene to remove the protesters adding to the peak hour traffic chaos

Police have arrived on scene to remove the protesters adding to the peak hour traffic chaos

Several other protesters sat in the middle of the road blocking a southbound lane

Several other protesters sat in the middle of the road blocking a southbound lane

The group had vowed to cause more chaos after activist Andrew George was jailed for invading the field and letting off a flare during a NRL game at Cronulla on Sunday.

Fireproof Australia has warned of another snap protest on Thursday in honour of George, who will spend his birthday behind bars.

‘Join us at the Harbour Bridge Thursday 12pm with a flare and a flood fire or smoke sign,’ the group posted online. 

Protesters now face up to up to two years’ jail or a $22,000 fine after tough new anti-protest laws were enforced last week.

 ‘This type of behaviour needs to stop,’ NSW Premier Dominic Perrotett said. 

‘Don’t do it at the expense of people trying to get to and from work, trying to get their kids to school, stopping people earning a living and a wage – that’s what these protests are doing 

Protester Alan (pictured on Thursday) says he's a firefighter

Protester Alan (pictured on Thursday) says he’s a firefighter

But frustrated Sydneysiders have called for an even tougher crackdown after weeks of widespread chaos across the city.

‘We need to do something about this. They hurt the economy more than anything,’ one posted on Wednesday.

Another added: ‘These idiots are too stupid to understand every time they do things like this they turn the public further against them. Not to mention the irony of driving a diesel truck to protest carbon emissions.’

Four protesters have been arrested by police and are in the process of being charged

Four protesters have been arrested by police and are in the process of being charged

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