Greenpeace activists arrested following Sydney Harbour Bridge protest

Greenpeace activists arrested following Sydney Harbour Bridge protest

Police have arrested 13 people after removing Greenpeace activists dangling from the Sydney Harbour Bridge as part of a climate change protest.

Three activists used cables to suspend themselves below the bridge at about 5:30am.

According to NSW Police, security personnel prevented a “number of people” from climbing the bridge as part of the protest.

The three who did unfurled banners calling for action on climate change.

Police removed the last of the three suspended activists at about 9:00am.

All lanes on the bridge remained open during the protest.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that while action on climate change was “important”, activists should be considerate of others.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said he did “not approve” and expressed sympathy to “the emergency officials who have to put themselves on the line to get these people down.”

Greenpeace said the dangling protesters were “specialist trained climbers”.

“Rural and regional Australian families have borne the brunt of climate impacts so far in this country,” Greenpeace Australia Pacific chief executive David Ritter said.

“Burning coal is the number one cause of climate change in Australia — we’re here to say ‘no more’.”

NSW Police said charges were expected to be laid.

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