Four teenage girls are among dozens of protesters demanding government action on climate change to be arrested in Sydney on Monday.
The Extinction Rebellion climate protests movement has planned a “spring rebellion” from Monday to Sunday, including marches aimed at blocking traffic.
The protesters in Sydney were arrested and bundled into a mobile “custody unit” on Monday afternoon after they allegedly failed to move on when asked to do so by police.
Some 30 people were arrested, including four girls aged under 16, organisers say.
“Alleged offences committed range from obstructing traffic to disobeying reasonable direction,” New South Wales police said in a statement.
The assistant commissioner Mick Willing said police respected the right of groups and individuals to protest, but “we have a responsibility to the community and local businesses to ensure they can go about their normal activities without being impacted on or put at risk”.
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