Update: Tuesday, 28 June 2022. A man has been fined after driving his car through the Blockade Australia protest in Sydney on Monday morning.
Nine News’ Andrew Rickert tweeted the breaking news on Tuesday afternoon, confirming a 31-year-old man from Bondi was fined for the incident.
#Breaking: 31-year-old man from Bondi fined for negligent driving for driving through Blockade Australia protest yesterday in Sydney. $469 fine and 3 demerit points. @9NewsSyd pic.twitter.com/2oOWKl90IH
— andrew rickert (@_rockrit) June 28, 2022
The unnamed man was fined $469 for negligent driving and has had three demerit points taken from his license.
Original: Monday 27 June, 2022.
A car has driven through the Blockade Australia climate protests in Sydney and looks to have rammed people as they marched through the city’s CBD.
Footage from a Nine News helicopter shows a large grey four-wheel-drive SUV crossing an intersection as protesters walked up the street.
— andrew rickert (@_rockrit) June 27, 2022
The car appears to hit a person in a hi-vis vest with their hand up to signal the vehicle to stop. The car then continued to drive through the intersection and ram several other demonstrators on the road as more people ran to help.
It is not known whether anyone was hurt and at the time of writing a spokesperson from NSW Police told PEDESTRIAN.TV it is reviewing footage of the incident.
Blockade Australia’s large demonstration across Sydney disrupted peak hour traffic on Monday morning. Protesters blocked roads with bins and signs as they marched through the city.
— Blockade Australia (@BlockadeAus) June 26, 2022
Another protestor held up city-bound traffic at the northern entrance of the Sydney Harbour tunnel where she stopped their car across multiple lanes. They then allegedly chained themselves to the steering wheel with a bike lock around their neck.
NSW Police have made 11 arrests linked to the climate action protests in Sydney and are expected to give further information on Monday afternoon.
More to come.