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Climate change protesters hit Sydney’s streets at Hyde Park and Woolloomooloo

Protesters on Macquarie St. in the CBD were quickly stopped by the police.
Protesters on Macquarie St. in the CBD were quickly stopped by the police.
The driver who hit protesters with his car in Sydney's Central Business District (CBD) will have to pay a fine.

The man who drove his car into a group of people protesting about climate change has been fined.

For the second day in a row, protesters have taken to the streets of Sydney as part of a planned week-long disruption to call for action on climate change.

At Hyde Park and Woolloomooloo on Tuesday morning, there were fewer protesters than the day before.

Just after 8 a.m., police were called to the intersection of William and Palmer St. because a group of people had gathered there and were blocking traffic.

The police made a number of arrests, and charges are likely.

Around 9 a.m., a lot of people started moving around Hyde Park because of a message sent through an instant messaging group chat.

People could hear protesters yelling "spaghetti" at the same time right before they split up, ending the day's protest action.

Tuesday's protests ended when people shouted "spaghetti," a code word for "go home."
Tuesday's protests ended when people shouted "spaghetti," a code word for "go home."
After the protest on Monday, there were more police around.
After the protest on Monday, there were more police around.

A 31-year-old man from Bondi was fined for driving carelessly after he drove into a crowd of protesters at the intersection of Bridge and Loftus Streets on Monday.

A shocking moment was caught on a video shot from above. In the video, a car drives fast into the intersection, almost hitting two men in high-visibility vests.

The Bondi man got a $469 fine and three points taken off his license.

No one has been hurt, as far as we know, because of what happened.

Monday morning commuters were stuck in traffic for a long time because one protester blocked the southbound lanes into the Harbour Tunnel. This stopped all traffic.

A protester in Hyde Park.
A protester in Hyde Park.
Protests will probably keep going for the rest of the week.
Protests will probably keep going for the rest of the week.

Around 60 people marched quickly through the central business district (CBD), throwing blocks of concrete, wheelie bins, barricades, and bikes onto the road.

Premier of NSW Dominic Perrottet is counting on stricter protest laws to stop climate change protesters.

On Tuesday morning, Mr. Perrottet warned on the radio station 2GB that protesters wouldn't stop "until they were shown the door."

Perrottet told 2GB, "It can't go on much longer. These people are stupid, hateful, and disrespectful. They're bloody idiots who will face the full force of the law."

In April, parliament passed a law that made the maximum sentence for protesting without permission two years in prison and a fine of up to $22,000.

"We have made a big change to the punishment, and these protesters could get up to two years in jail," Mr. Perrottet said.

Premier Dom Perrottet has told protesters that they will face harsh punishments if they take part in the "illegal" protest.
Premier Dom Perrottet has told protesters that they will face harsh punishments if they take part in the "illegal" protest.

But since the laws were passed, even though there have been many arrests, no one has been given the maximum punishment.

"This behavior hasn't changed, and it's still going on," Mr. Perrottet said.

"These protesters need to stop, and they won't stop until they're punished. "They think they're above the law.

On Monday, police arrested and charged ten protesters from NSW, Victoria, and Queensland.

Mr. Perrottet said that there are already more police around in case there are more protests this week.

Mr. Perrottet said, "I have full faith in the police that when these things happen, they will clear the scene as quickly as possible and make the arrests."

As part of a plan for mass disruption, protesters are likely to come back every day for the rest of the week.

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