Climate change protester climbs iconic Melbourne building – as group threatens to close CBD street again
A climate activist has caused chaos early this morning after climbing Australia’s largest performing arts venue as fellow protesters threaten to close CBD streets.
A member of Extinction Rebellion climbed the spire of the Arts Center Melbourne around 5am on Friday morning and is still three hours later.
The protester unfurled a giant banner promoting the controversial group’s Occupy for Climate campaign while being watched by supporters from below.
Channel Seven reported that the protester had tried to light a flare for at least 15 minutes, but was unsuccessful until now.
Victoria Police are aware of the situation and have dispatched officers to the scene
The banner promotes three days of climate rallies to be held next month, aiming to bring thousands of people together in Melbourne
“We call on our governments to take urgent climate action, in line with science, not politics,” the group tweeted during Friday’s protest.
‘No new coal, no new gas, stop cutting down native forests! If 1000 people commit, would you be there?’
The Extinction Rebellion group is known for the disruptive, high-profile protests held around the world.
More to come.