Sydney’s morning commute descended into chaos after climate change protesters blocked southbound lanes in the Harbour Tunnel, sparking major disruption during peak hour.
- The tunnel was finally reopened at 9.15am
- About 60 protesters also marched through the CBD
- Police say 11 people have been arrested
Blockade Australia protesters also marched through Sydney’s CBD where a car rammed into several people wearing high-vis gear, causing chaotic scenes on the corner of Bridge and Phillip streets — although no one appeared to be seriously injured.
One woman was arrested after allegedly locking herself to the steering wheel of a car and parking it across the entrance to the Harbour tunnel, which is one of only two ways to cross the harbour.
Police arrested 10 others and said they expected to lay charges.
The incident sparked traffic chaos, with motorists diverted to the Harbour Bridge.
The tunnel finally reopened about 9.15am and traffic has since returned to normal.
About 60 protesters also marched through the CBD, followed by police, disrupting traffic, banging drums and throwing signs on roads.
Police were aware a protest was planned today and unsuccessfully tried to thwart plans last week.