11 arrested under new law targeting ‘anarchist protesters’
Dozens of climate change protesters disrupted rush hour traffic in Sydney, Australia, on Monday morning. Despite multiple arrests, the ‘Blockade Australia’ group promised to continue their campaign throughout the week.
A woman was arrested after chaining herself to the wheel of her vehicle and blocking the Sydney Harbor Tunnel, police confirmed. At least ten more people were reportedly arrested elsewhere as protesters marched through the city, followed by police.
At one point, an apparently disgruntled motorist was seen trying to drive through the blockade as activists jumped in front of the car. It is not clear if anyone was injured.
The protest was organized by the Blockade Australia group, which has repeatedly accused Australia of: “steering the climate crisis”, and promised to continue with their “week of resistance to climate destruction.”
The same group was behind a five-day blockade of Port Botany, one of Australia’s largest deep-water ports, in March.
In response, the New South Wales government passed new legislation, introducing fines of up to $22,000 and up to two years in prison for blocking critical infrastructure, including major roads. Authorities promised that severe sentences will not be punished “legitimate” community gatherings, but alone “anarchist protesters” that threaten major disruptions.