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16 May 2019, 04:25 | Edward Lowe
The climbers are with Greenpeace. Source 9NewsMore
Greenpeace have said that the protestors were calling on Prime Minister Scott Morrison to "declare a climate emergency". It's thought that six people scaled the bridge.
Police initially made 10 arrests while three others continued to hang beneath the bridge.
Standing below the bridge, Goulburn grazier and Greenpeace supporter Ed Suttle said "to accuse Greenpeace of a minor interruption (to commuters) today when we're acting on behalf of the entire globe and the Australian population is irrelevant".
About 5.15am (Tuesday 14 May 2019), security staff operating on the Sydney Harbour Bridge observed several people on the bridge.
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.
They unfurled banners - emblazoned with "100% renewables" and "make coal history" - and bright red flags as they dangled beneath the bridge.
Infighting over how to address climate change has marked the coalition's six years in power, with an influential right-wing base demanding Morrison support Australia's coal industry, and the government has struggled to convince voters of its commitment to tackling the issue.
Lane eight of the bridge was briefly closed due to the police operation but soon re-opened.
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"Climate damage is happening right now - Australia is facing a climate emergency right now", Greenpeace Australia Pacific chief executive David Ritter said in a statement.
All 13 people have been taken to Surry Hills and Day Street Police Stations. Our political leaders must listen to those already affected by climate disaster and act.
Some were detained by security officers who called the police but three avoided detention and carried on with the planned protest.
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