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Climate change protesters abseil down Sydney Harbour Bridge

Climate change protesters abseil down Sydney Harbour Bridge”

Ten activists have been arrested after they staged a protest on the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

The police arrested 10 people prior to the final three who were still attached to the bridge at 9.30am, bringing the protest to a halt.

Seven people were arrested on the walkway of the bridge along with two others who tried to leave.

Protesters abseiling from the Harbour Bridge.

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

Initially, the abseilers aimed to hang from the bridge until Scott Morrison declared a climate emergency.

The federal Labor senator Kristina Keneally said she didn't condone the illegal protest but understood the activists' frustrations. Greenpeace confirmed on Tuesday morning all protesters who scaled the bridge are highly trained climbers.

They unfurled banners emblazoned with "100% renewables" and "make coal history" as they dangled beneath the bridge.

Three managed to abseil down the bridge and held signs about climate change action - urging the Prime Minister to ensure the country is doing its bit to tackle the issue.

Greenpeace Australia Pacific chief executive David Ritter dismissed questions about the legality of the protest action.

"Burning coal is the number one cause of climate change in Australia - we're here to say "no more". "I call on you to declare a climate emergency now".

"All over Australia, people are waking up to the realities of climate damage", they said. Our political leaders must listen to those already affected by climate disaster and act.

One lane of traffic was temporarily closed earlier in the morning but re-opened minutes later and there has been no disruption to road traffic or public transport.



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