Police arrest 10 over Harbour Bridge protest but three still dangling

Federico Mansilla
May 16, 2019

One lane of traffic was temporarily closed but re-opened shortly afterwards as the abseilers hung from the bridge holding signs that read "100% renewables".

Climate change had been a key issue during the election campaign in which Labor leader Bill Shorten had criticised the Coalition government for inaction.

Security workers noticed people climbing on the bridge at around 5.15 am on Tuesday morning.

Climate change activists have scaled Sydney Harbour Bridge, with at least three reportedly arrested.

Police arrested 10 people earlier this morning before arresting the final three, who were attached to ropes beneath the bridge, about 9.30am, bringing the operation to a close.

Standing below the bridge, Goulburn grazier and Greenpeace supporter Ed Suttle said "to accuse Greenpeace of a minor interruption (to commuters) today when we're acting on behalf of the entire globe and the Australian population is irrelevant".

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"Ten people have so far been arrested and conveyed to Day Street and Surry Hills Police Stations to assist with inquiries".

Greenpeace have said that the protestors were calling on Prime Minister Scott Morrison to "declare a climate emergency".

. Australia is facing a climate emergency right now.

A group of indigenous Torres Strait islanders lodged a formal complaint against the Australian government at the United Nations on Monday, claiming that their climate inaction violated their basic human rights.

As the protest continued above, Greenpeace held a media conference on the ground, repeating the calls for Prime Minister Scott Morrison to declare a climate emergency.

It's Greenpeace's position that eliminating coal is one of the key ways to manage climate change.

Some were detained by security officers who called the police but three avoided detention and carried on with the planned protest.

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