Chaos in Sydney as Blockade Australia climate pests charge onto the streets for a second day in a row
- Climate change protesters were seen running through CBD on Tuesday morning
A live-stream of the group shared to Facebook showed dozens running through the city’s CBD and meeting at Hyde Park, 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.’
A group of about 50 – many wearing face masks – made their way through the city on Tuesday morning, 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.
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.
LNP Senator Matt Canavan blasted the protesters as ‘eco terrorists’ and called for law-breakers to be shown the ‘full force of the law’.
‘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.
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