Dozens arrested in Melbourne CBD protests

Climate activists have blocked traffic in Melbourne by gluing themselves to the road

Dozens of climate activists who locked themselves together to block a Melbourne CBD intersection have been arrested.

Protesters locked their arms together inside lengths of pipe at the corner of Spencer and Collins streets in front of Southern Cross station on Thursday.

Other activists glued their hands to a road outside the nearby Melbourne Aquarium.

Police arrested a total of 41 people with 22 receiving fines and 19 others charged with intentionally obstructing an emergency services worker.

The protesters lacked the common sense to work with Victoria Police and transport officers, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said.

"These people have not done that and they are winning no friends, no friends whatsoever, by the way they are conducting themselves," he said.

The protests are part of the global Extinction Rebellion movement, pushing for action on climate change.

Cities across Australia have been disrupted by the group's "spring rebellion", a week of action that started on Monday and is due to stretch into the weekend.