15 charged after activists abseil off the Sydney Harbour Bridge

UPDATE @ 3.00pm: Police have now charged 15 activists after some of them abseiled off the Sydney Harbour Bridge as part of a climate change protest.

Police allege the group blockaded security who tried to stop some members abseiling off the bridge to unfurl banners, which allowed six of them to scale the fence.

Seven people were arrested on the walkway of the bridge along with two others who tried to leave.


The six who abseiled were later removed from the bridge and also arrested.

The 15 people arrested include ten men aged 70, 56, 48, 39, 38, 37, 34, 32, and two aged 27, as well as five women, aged 21, 26, and three aged 28.

They were charged with risk safety of another by climbing structure, wilfully prevent free passage of person/vessel, climb on any part of a bridge, enter enclosed land without lawful excuse.

They have all been granted bail to appear at Downing Centre Local Court on Wednesday 5 June 2019.

Earlier @ 9.45am: 13 protesters have now been arrested following an operation on the Sydney Harbour Bridge this morning.

Around 5.15am, police were called to the landmark, after security staff noticed several people on the bridge.

A number of protesters were detained by the security personnel, though others were able to climb under the structure and abseil under a public walkway.

Police have now confirmed that the remaining three who were suspended from ropes beneath the bridge, have been removed and arrested.

All 13 people have been taken to Surry Hills and Day Street Police Stations.

No charges have been laid yet.

Earlier @7.00am: A group of environmental activists have abseiled off the Sydney Harbour Bridge to call for more action on climate change this morning.

The protest began around dawn, with a number of people involved.

New South Wales police have confirmed that 10 people have been arrested in relation to the protest.

Six people abseiled down under a public walkway on the western side of the bridge, unveiling Greenpeace banners calling for climate change actions.

Greenpeace Australia Pacific CEO David Ritter told reporters at the scene that immediate action needs to be taken.

“Australia is facing a climate emergency right now.

“We’re here today to say ‘no more’,” he said in a statement.