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Former senator Scott Ludlam among climate protesters arrested

“The question to those blocking roads would be what are they doing?” a spokesman said on Tuesday.

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Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews commented in a similar vein, saying, “I don’t know that shutting the city down necessarily wins you many friends”.

In Melbourne, 59 people were arrested after demonstrators converged in the Melbourne CBD at the intersection of Collins and Spring Street to dance on tram tracks and block traffic.

An Extinction Rebellion activist is arrested during a protest in Melbourne on Tuesday.

An Extinction Rebellion activist is arrested during a protest in Melbourne on Tuesday.Credit:AAP

Of those, 35 people were fined for failing to abide by traffic directions, while 24 people were arrested for resisting an emergency service worker and will appear at court at a later date.

In Sydney, protesters dressed as bees “swarmed” Sydney’s Hyde Park to demand “our leaders take strong action on climate change so that we have a future in farming in this country”.

Former Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam was arrested in Sydney on Tuesday during the Extinction Rebellion protests.

Former Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam was arrested in Sydney on Tuesday during the Extinction Rebellion protests.Credit:Jacky Ghossein

Mr Ludlam, one of 38 people arrested in Sydney on Monday, said demonstrators were “like the smoke alarm in a burning building”.

More than 20 protesters were arrested in Brisbane on Tuesday including Paul Jukes, who suspended himself below Story Bridge in a hammock to urge the premier to declare a climate emergency.

Mr Jukes said he could stay there for days, but climbed up into police custody after only six hours, having voiced concerns about recent bushfires, particularly at Binna Burra in the Gold Coast hinterland.

In Perth, Seven West Media, the owner of The West Australian newspaper, published a blank front page for demonstrators to use as placard messages.

There were no arrests reported in Adelaide, where about a hundred protesters blocked a road to the city central market.

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