Man Climbed Sydney Harbour Bridge In Protest Against Iran Government
A man who scaled the Sydney Harbour Bridge and unfurled a series of flags was protesting the "oppressive Iranian regime", a court has heard.
Naghi Pirzadeh, 33, spent the night in jail after he was arrested for climbing one of the arches of the bridge in heavy fog on Sunday.
He pleaded guilty to entering the structure and disrupting vehicles in Central Local Court on Monday.
It is the second time Pirzadeh has attempted to climb the bridge.
His lawyer Michal Mantaj told the court his client was an Iranian national who had stood up to the "oppressive regime" and as a result was forced to flee to Australia.
"All those offences were committed by him in protest of his opposition to the Iranian regime," he said.
"He has now come to an understanding of the fact that the right to freedom of political expression ... in Australia comes with certain responsibilities."
Mantaj said his client had unfurled the flags of other "democratic countries" in an attempt to unite them against Iran.
Pirzadeh appeared before the court via audio-visual link in a fluoro yellow vest, crying and rocking back and forth with his hands clasped in front of him as if in prayer.