Extinction Rebellion protesters wreck havoc in Sydney CBD

Extinction Rebellion activists march during Brisbane Rebellion Week in Brisbane Australia Oct. 7 2019. The Extinction Rebellion climate protests movement has planned a 'spring rebellion' from Oct. 7 to 13

The group said the protests Monday were taking place in 60 cities worldwide.

Some activists, organized around six blocking points, expressed their relief that the police had not intervened, such as Errico, 20 years old, a student used to university blockades but not a member of Extinction Rebellion, who came "curiously to see how popular this movement is".

Extinction Rebellion activists participate in a protest in Sydney, Australia.

Around 30 people were arrested as the Extinction Rebellion movement staged a day of disruptive protest in the capital on Monday, culminating in a sit-in at a busy city intersection in the evening rush hour.

Extinction Rebellion, also known as XR, said hundreds had also been arrested in other cities across the world as part of its "International Rebellion" which began on Monday.

Extinction Rebellion wants governments to take immediate and drastic action to address climate change.

"In the United Kingdom, we will peacefully shut down all roads into Westminster in Central London and non-violently disrupt the government until our leaders agree to TAKE EMERGENCY ACTION NOW", the group says on its website.

Protesters are calling on governments to "tell the truth" about climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.

Meanwhile, Extinction Rebellion ringleader Eric "Serge" Herbert avoided a conviction in courts after allegedly being caught protesting in Brisbane's CBD yesterday, breaching his bail conditions.

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What's been happening and where?

The protest went ahead despite a city ban on activists gathering on the road.

They are facing criminal charges, according to police.

Nearly 150 activists have already been detained in London, with organisers vowing to shut down key sites in the city including the Houses of Parliament and Trafalgar Square.

Protests are expected to spread across dozens of cities, including Delhi and NY, in the days and weeks ahead as activists call for urgent action on global climate and wildlife emergencies.

Extinction Rebellion defended its style of protest on the streets of Wellington.

It describes itself as an global "non-violent civil disobedience activist movement".

Deliberately obstructionist (kind of the point of protest), Extinction Rebellion has provided plenty of content for Australia's mainstream media as well as its conservative government.

The group uses an hourglass inside a circle as its logo to represent time running out for many species.

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