Climate protest blocks Harbor Bridge | Western magazine

Climate change activists, including a rural firefighter, disrupted rush hour traffic on the Sydney Harbor Bridge by parking a truck on the Cahill Freeway.

It comes as activist group Fireproof Australia follows through on their vow to keep protesting, despite increased police powers.

NSW Police confirmed on Wednesday that a police operation was underway on the Sydney Harbor Bridge and urged drivers to avoid the area.

Protesters blocked lanes on the Cahill Freeway near the South Pylon, above Circular Quay and The Rocks.

The group of four blocked traffic by parking a truck in the left lane, with two people climbing onto the cab, while two others stuck to the bridge, a Fireproof Australia spokeswoman told AAP.

One of the protesters, Alan, has been a firefighter with the Hunter Valley Rural Fire Department for 40 years, she said.

The four demonstrators are arrested.

It comes after another member of Fireproof Australia ran onto the pitch with a flare during an NRL match between Cronulla Sharks and Wests Tigers on Sunday.

The 32-year-old pleaded guilty to two counts of entering enclosed property without a lawful excuse and was sentenced to three months in prison for possessing a distress signal light in a public place, in front of Sutherland Local Court on Monday.

Fireproof Australia is calling for flood and bushfire survivors to return and for the recommendations of the Black Summer Bushfire Royal Commission to be implemented.

The group has recently staged several high-profile protests aimed at disrupting traffic and infrastructure movement, drawing the ire of the NSW government.

The government recently introduced laws that could face protesters fines of up to $22,000 and up to two years in jail.

Australian Associated Press

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