Climate activist arrested after bringing peak hour traffic to a standstill on a busy road in Sydney’s south
Sydneysiders were forced to endure traffic chaos on Tuesday morning after a climate protester climbed a nine-metre monopole in the city’s south – a move which was labelled “economic vandalism” by a government MP.
A protester has been arrested after bringing traffic to a standstill in Sydney’s south on Tuesday morning, causing massive disruptions for commuters.
The Blockade Australia activist – who livestreamed the event – climbed a nine-metre monopole, blocking off a busy intersection in Port Botany.
“Blockade Australia is disrupting the Port of Botany,” the group wrote to social media.
“Tom (23), is up a nine-metre monopole blockading the main entrance to two terminals.”
The Blockade Australia activist – who livestreamed the event – climbed a nine-metre monopole, blocking off a busy intersection in Port Botany. Picture: Facebook
The activist displayed a banner which read “Less Placards – More Lock-ons”.
“Today Blockade Australia is taking action on Port Botany and shutting it down,” a Blockade Australia statement read.
“Australia’s system of exploitation and extraction is driving climate collapse.
“Blockade Australia is taking action at the Port of Botany and shutting it down because of its importance to this destructive system.”
NSW Police confirmed the protester was arrested. Picture: Facebook
New South Wales Police issued a statement shortly after they were called to the scene, confirming the man has been arrested.
“Emergency services were called to Bumborah Point Road near the intersection of Friendship Road, Port Botany, following reports a man had suspended himself from a pole as part of an unauthorised protest.”
The man was lowered to the ground by officers, with the assistance of NSW Ports.
“He was arrested and taken to Maroubra Police Station, where he is assisting police with inquiries. Traffic is still heavy in the area and motorists are advised to expect delays,” the statement said.
Eastern Beaches Area Command Superintendent Tim Beattie said there are a number of penalties for blocking roads.
The state’s Transport Minister David Elliott told 2GB the stunt was “nothing short of economic vandalism”.
The incident comes just a week after a different activist group blocked off the Spit Bridge in Mosman.