Extinction Rebellion: Mass Arrests During Second Day Of Climate Protests
Up to 100 people have been arrested as Extinction Rebellion protests disrupted Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and Brisbane.
The protests took over part of Melbourne's CBD between Collins Street and Spring Street on Tuesday.
Victoria Police confirmed officers have arrested 59 people involved in the protests there.
Twenty-four Melburnians were arrested for resisting emergency services working at the scene, and have all been bailed and will appear at Melbourne Magistrates' Court on March 12.
Thirty-five people received a penalty notice for failing to abide by traffic directions made by Victoria police.
In good news for Melbourne commuters, a planned tram strike for Thursday has been called off because of safety fears as the protests rage.
Yarra Trams released a statement confirming the strikes had been called off.
"We asked the RTBU (Rail, Tram and Bus Union) to withdraw their industrial action on Thursday, in light of safety concerns around planned protests in the CBD at the same time," Yarra Trams said.
"In a show of good faith, the RTBU have chosen to withdraw their notice to take industrial action this week."
The mass protests are part of Extinction Rebellion's week-long "spring rebellion", targeting Australian cities from Monday to Sunday.
Their disruptions are part of global protests against inaction on climate change.
An activist from Extinction Rebellion dangles from Brisbane's Story Bridge as part of protests in Brisbane. Image: AAP
An activist who suspended himself from Brisbane's Story Bridge in a hammock ended his protest after six hours, despite saying he could have hung out for days.
The protester climbed back to safety and was taken into police custody after hanging his hammock under the bridge early on Tuesday.
Queensland Police said a total of 29 protesters were arrested in Brisbane on Tuesday. They were aged between 19 and 75.
In Perth, a demonstrator was reportedly arrested for trespassing outside Seven West Media, the owner of The West Australian newspaper, which published a blank front page for demonstrators to use as a placard.
In Sydney, 38 people were arrested during protests for offences ranging from obstructing traffic to disobeying reasonable directions.