A grieving daughter has broken down in tears after climate change activists prevented her from visiting her mum’s home to pack up her belongings days after her death.
As Sally made her way through Melbourne’s CBD on Tuesday, she was confronted with dozens of protesters blocking the road at the junction of Spring Street and Collins Street.
She was heading to her mother’s nearby home, just two days after her death to organise the removal of equipment used in her palliative care.
Unable to get past in her car, she broke down in tears.
“Dad passed away 10 months ago and mum passed away on Sunday at home in that building. I'm supposed to be there having hospital beds picked up, lifting machines picked up," she explained to Channel Nine’s A Current Affair through her car window.
When she tried to explain to protesters she needed to get through, no one listened.
"He said 'well we're only here because lots of people are going to die'. I said 'I don't care about those people, I care about my mum and dad!’" Sally said.
It was eventually organised for Sally to pass through despite resistance from some activists, including one who jumped in front of her car as she drove past.
“They think it's so important but what is important is the everyday, good Australian people just trying to go about their everyday lives. It's not fair," she said.
Protests across Australia’s largest cities this week have caused anger amongst residents due to the disruption caused.
Activists on Tuesday, including a man dangling from a hammock from Brisbane’s Story Bridge, faced the wrath of the social media users for their actions.
More protests across Australia expected
The Extinction Rebellion movement are currently carrying out their "spring rebellion" across Australia from October 7 to 13.
Based out of the Carlton Gardens, activists in Melbourne plan to occupy the CBD on Tuesday with organisers warning participants "peaceful arrests are expected to take place".
A "swarm for survival" is listed for Wednesday, an "extinction rave" on the Friday night and the "nudie parade" on Saturday.
But the police are warning they are prepared and will crack down on anyone trying to create conflict and violence.
They have talked with protest organisers about appropriate behaviour and general duty police will be supported by specialist units including the Public Order Response Team, Mounted Branch and Transit Safety Division.
"We are well prepared to have a police presence at events throughout the week and will closely monitor crowd behaviour to ensure there are no breaches of the peace or other offences occurring," North West Metro Region Commander Tim Hansen said.
Victorian activist Miriam Robinson said the group must "get right up in people's grills" to convince governments to take firm action on climate change.
"We always apologise for causing inconvenience," the retired public servant said.
"But this is nothing compared to the inconvenience that is going to start happening when we start to run out of food and water."
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on Wednesday condemned the protests saying activists are putting themselves and others at risk, and soaking up valuable police and emergency services resources.
She said the government wants to push through proposed laws in just days that could jail protesters for up to two years if they use "dangerous devices" such as drums with concrete and locks.
Queensland Police would also get increased powers to search people for such devices.
- with AAP
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