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Sydney Motorist Drives Through Blockade Australia Climate Protestors

Essay by Eric Worrall

Thankfully no serious injuries – but its a measure of rising frustration with green protestors that someone would do something so reckless.

WATCH: Moment motorist loses patience with climate protesters and drives through crowd in Sydney CBD

A commuter appeared to lose their patience with Blockade Australia protesters in Sydney’s CBD on Monday morning as they drove straight through a crowd.

Jack Mahony Digital Reporter
June 27, 2022 – 10:50AM

A driver has rushed through a crowd of Blockade Australia protesters in Sydney’s CBD – and narrowly avoided disaster.

The climate activists took to the streets on Monday morning to “cause disruption to the political and economic systems”.

The protesters were walking across an intersection just before 9am in the heart of the city when a driver in a grey SUV appeared to lose patience with the delays and accelerated into the demonstrators.

The vehicle slowed as it made contact with the protesters, who were pushed away, while others attempted to position themselves in front of the bonnet. 

The car then pressed on with its journey forward and drove away from the group. It is understood no one was injured.

Read more (includes video): https://www.skynews.com.au/australia-news/watch-moment-motorist-loses-patience-with-climate-protesters-and-drives-through-crowd-in-sydney-cbd/news-story/58101e51d24932e97dca91bf030c9d4a

I fully support the right to protest, and WUWT certainly does not endorse violence or attacks on protestors. But surely there must be a balance? Like I’m happy for the funny green hippies dressed in fossil fuel based fabrics to wave their banners and shout their slogans, its free street theatre as far as I’m concerned. But they need to let the traffic through.

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June 26, 2022 10:13 pm

Motorists are becoming increasingly impatient with cyclists, too. The more the Wellington City Council (NZ) drives through their “save the planet” cyclepath agenda, the more dangerous it is to cycle on the roads.

Sandy Sinclair
Reply to  Barbara McKenzie
June 26, 2022 11:22 pm

That’s another can of worms in the UK. Causing anger in many UK drivers.
Too complex, and off topic here. But a cyclist hating driver will kill one soon.
Have a look at the hundreds “Close Pass of the Day” to see what goes on recorded by cyclists With eScooters UK roads are a bit of a free for all these days

I cycle and drive so don’t have a particular axe to grind.

ThinkingScientist
Reply to  Sandy Sinclair
June 27, 2022 2:57 am

I cycle and drive in the UK too. I have been knocked off my bike twice by cars over the years and had several near misses.

Motorists just need to learn some patience when passing cyclists. Just wait until a proper, safe overtake is possible, giving the cyclist plenty of room. A collision between a car and a cyclist is life threatening to the cyclist. Waiting is a small delay for a motorist.

On the other hand some cyclists need to stop acting like arrogant fools, especially those ignoring traffic rules. I do agree with cyclists riding in the lane in a dominant position, I have done so for years and I am pleased its now in the Highway Code. Also happy with riding two abreast when protecting children for example, less happy that cyclists now ride two abreast in circumstances where it isn’t necessary and obstruct motorists on occasion leading to frustration and silly overtakes.

Overall the problem is one of education and tolerance. On both sides.

Drake
Reply to  ThinkingScientist
June 27, 2022 11:26 am

Question.

Do you STAY in your proper position in a lane when stooped by a stop sign of signal, or do you pass the autos and then pull in front of then?

I have seen this activity often.

Izaak Walton
Reply to  Drake
June 27, 2022 3:57 pm

And in most countries that is legal. In the UK motorcyclists and cyclists are allowed to “filter” through the traffic when it is stopped. Which is why there is often a large green rectangle on the road near the intersection. Cyclists can cycle through stopped traffic to reach the specified area for cyclists.

Luigi
Reply to  Barbara McKenzie
June 27, 2022 2:55 am

In Munich we have one way streets for cars in which bicycle can go both ways. A new perversion of the green-socialist administration. The first time I have seen it (I was in my car) I thought the cyclists were simply irresponsible. But they are not, its the politician who are irresponsible…

niceguy
Reply to  Luigi
June 28, 2022 11:45 pm

Yes in Paris they “can” but the streets are very narrow so it’s almost impossible

Dick
Reply to  Barbara McKenzie
June 27, 2022 3:40 pm

Roads were built for cars. You wanna ride your bike? Find a park.

jacques serge Lemiere
Reply to  Dick
June 27, 2022 9:58 pm

i would have said cyclists must adapt..

Stephen W
Reply to  Dick
June 27, 2022 10:55 pm

They were actually built for people/bikes/horses, then cars came later.
Then they upgraded the roads to accommodate cars.
But they certainly weren’t built for cars.

No one
June 26, 2022 10:13 pm

Traffic is blocked to create incidents. At the urging of a roommate, I attended a demonstration. It was a large parade, but strangely a very large gap was created both sides of an intersection. When a driver got tired of waiting at a crossroad, he attempted to cross the street. Safely, of course, no demonstrators within half a block either way. Seemingly out of no where, six guys appeared applying their boots to the sides of his van.

Mostly peaceful, this was early 80’s. Last demonstration I ever attended, realizing they are not quite as they seem.

Steve Case
June 26, 2022 10:20 pm

But they need to let the traffic through.
_______________________________

Their goal is to cause disruption of traffic and other normal activities of civilization.

Old Man Winter
Reply to  Steve Case
June 27, 2022 12:46 am

Most of the protestors are probably paid to create that desired effect & some volunteer cause
they enjoy destroying things & hurting others which gives meaning to their lives! Sick suckers!

High Treason
Reply to  Old Man Winter
June 27, 2022 4:17 am

I reckon the cops MUST apply the rules to the maximum. The money they are paid will not compensate them for 2 years in the slammer.
Perhaps some leniency- they get released on condition they present 100 peer reviewed papers that can pass scrutiny that PROVE the hypothesis that spawned their action.
They and the well funded and resourced climate loony brigade will have to do the research to get the loony released, otherwise others will see they will be abandoned when they get caught. The actual loonies will have to do some of the research themselves. They will have to find the hard evidence that PROVES the 3% of atmospheric CO2 increase that is of human origin is the driving force behind catastrophic or dangerous global warming/ “climate change”(needs qualification.) ALL the conditions must be met and the evidence open for scrutiny. The climate loonies can easily contact John Cook, who would almost certainly provide the papers to present-pity for them that NONE of them satisfy all the requirements. The conditions of early release will entail they must tell their climate loony mates how they were duped by the climate hoax-there was no valid evidence presented to the court, otherwise it is back to jail for more unwanted love. As the loonies are driven by irrational emotion, they will do everything they can to spare their little mate from becoming some prisoner’s sex toy, even if it means hearing out their cause is BS.
Failure or refusal to do the research will be an admission that their case is non existent AND that they will not help their own useful idiot from becoming a sex toy in jail.
All the cops have to do is make an example of a few of them – shove them away for 2 years and/ or see to it that they are genuinely informed and spread the message they were duped to extinguish these idiots. It really is that simple.
I would hazard a guess that Professor Ian Plimer and Senator Malcolm Roberts would be willing to be expert witnesses to advise if the supporting papers were scientifically valid. To make things a bit spicier, demand to have the names of the peer reviewers of the papers available to these expert witnesses to determine if there is any collusion-part of the scrutiny process. I strongly suspect that it is a tiny cabal of corrupted climate scientists that peer review each others papers that has deceived many to believe the narrative. Having this information available on the court transcript will help other climate litigation cases. It can be brought out in court that the links between authors and reviewers are too close-conflict of interest. If climate papers from these colluding authors and peer reviewers are redacted, it puts a cat among the pigeons.
It is quite likely that the hard core cabal is a tiny cohort of around 8 people, with the actual damning evidence ferreted out by the climate loonies themselves!
I think this is a simple and very reasonable plan.

Scissor
Reply to  Old Man Winter
June 27, 2022 5:01 am

There is something strange happening concerning the appearance of pallets of bricks showing up at protest sites in the U.S. These payments and deliveries, etc. need to be investigated.

Gunga Din
Reply to  Scissor
June 27, 2022 7:17 am

I wonder how many of these “peaceful protest” are the same people rioting for a different cause.

Spetzer86
Reply to  Steve Case
June 27, 2022 5:17 am

In my view, the motorist was simply attempting to disrupt the normal activities of protest.

Drake
Reply to  Spetzer86
June 27, 2022 11:30 am

Funny.

Police should enforce the law. Walking in the travel lane MUST be a crime. If they want to protest, do it on the sidewalk and don’t cross the street against the light.

At intersections without a signal, the police should be there ensuring time for the cars to use the roads.

Bruce
June 26, 2022 10:22 pm

In Canada, the federal government sent horse mounted storm troopers to remove (or trample under the hooves, whatever) peaceful protesters. Maybe Australian authorities would like to rent these government tools?

ozspeaksup
Reply to  Bruce
June 27, 2022 1:55 am

funny how they DID use mounted police etc on anti FORCED vaccine protestors but leave these sh*theads alone???

Derg
Reply to  ozspeaksup
June 27, 2022 4:44 am

This ^

Drake
Reply to  ozspeaksup
June 27, 2022 11:31 am

Makes total sense. Government’s purpose is to support the left and prosecute the right.

Coach Springer
Reply to  Bruce
June 27, 2022 4:41 am

Did they appear to whip the protestors with their reins without actually doing so? Now that would be bad.

DonM
Reply to  Coach Springer
June 27, 2022 4:25 pm

now you have me imagine the canadian troopers coming back and spinning their reins over the trampled woman.

rah
Reply to  Coach Springer
June 28, 2022 1:33 am

This trucker has sat at a consignee in Nogales, AZ looking right into the corrals where the initial training for Border Patrol officers and their horses takes place and watched the training in progress a couple times.

They have cowboys out there training the agents that are apparently private contractors, since they are not in uniform nor appear to have any identifying patches on their cowboy clothing.

I would like to say that though no trucker enjoys passing through a border check point, this trucker has great respect for the professionalism and dedication of those agents along the southern border. I have been to every single commercial port in Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, and California.

The only bad apples I have met in the border patrol/customs have been a couple different ones at the Detroit-Windsor (Ambassador Bridge) and the Huron-Sarnia (Blue Water Bridge) crossings coming out of Canada. But only one at each place.

The one at the Ambassador bridge was just a real ass showing no respect to me and obviously trying to elicit a violent or inappropriate action from me so he could justify pulling me out and locking me up while they searched my truck. That agent was a black man and I am white and it made me wonder because of the 40-50 times I have crossed at that time I had never been talked to or treated that way before.

At the Huron station, it was more a case of lack of professionalism. When they are going to X-ray your rig they take your drivers license and have you drive around to the X-ray. Upon completion they have to drive up to a window where your license is returned. They couldn’t find my license! Took them awhile but they finally came up with it. The agent that taken it from me had gone on break and took it with her for some reason.

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Mr.
June 26, 2022 10:24 pm

Similary Eric, I supported the cause of the COVID mandates protestors in Canada, but not their disruption of other people going about their lawful business.

I unreservedly support everyone’s right to show their disagreement with others’ opinions & positions on any matters, but we do not have the right to physically impede the free movement of other people.

Take your protest and theatrics to an open public space somewhere and have at it.
And then make sure to take all your trash away when you leave.

PCman999
Reply to  Mr.
June 26, 2022 11:17 pm

Goose, Gander.

The government shutdown the whole country, forcing millions out of work and school for months at a time over a disease that most people would not realize they had or would have a mild case – so is it too much to ask to put up with a few weeks of disruption just around Parliament Hill?

Might have been a lot shorter if the PM had come out to talk to them, in stead of calling in sick!

Mr.
Reply to  PCman999
June 27, 2022 12:06 pm

Yes Trudeau is a mealy-mouthed coward.
No argument from me on that score.
But I still hold my position that no protest is entitled to foist their disruption on ordinary citizens going about their everyday business.
If militancy about politicians actions or lack of actions is your schtick, find a way to inflict disruption on the politicians in question only.
Like the Capitol protestors did in Washington DC on Jan 6th 2021.

.KcTaz
Reply to  Mr.
June 26, 2022 11:40 pm

Canada and Trudeau didn’t seem to have a problem with the BLM protestors at the height of Covid, mind you.

Justin Trudeau takes a knee at Black Lives Matter demonstration on Parliament Hill
CNN
https://bit.ly/3u2d5gm
6/6/2020

Derg
Reply to  .KcTaz
June 27, 2022 4:45 am

Justin is a human 💩

mal
Reply to  Derg
June 27, 2022 8:58 am

No he an chimp in human clothing or at least he acts like a chimp when people get in his, he loves to beat them into submission.

paul
Reply to  Derg
June 27, 2022 1:01 pm

like father, like son

stinkerp
June 26, 2022 10:28 pm

its a measure of rising frustration with green protestors that someone would do something so reckless

Did I miss something? There’s nothing “reckless” about slowly driving through a mob of morons illegally blocking your route.

The vehicle slowed as it made contact with the protesters

I would have done the same thing. The morons have ample time to anticipate the (slow) speed and direction of the car. If they’re stupid enough to deliberately, and illegally, throw themselves in front of the car, putting themselves in harm’s way on purpose (also what people do to commit suicide), the potential harmful consequence is a direct result of their own actions. The morons illegally blockading traffic are the reckless ones.

It is long past time for the police to arrest these profoundly narcissistic sociopaths for illegally blocking traffic and throw them in jail. Tolerance of illegal actions encourages more of it. If there are police standing around not doing thier jobs, it’s time to sue the police for failing to enforce the law.

And if the morons damage your car, sue the carp out of them to fix it. Only immediate and painful consequences will end this sociopathic behavior.

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waza
Reply to  Eric Worrall
June 26, 2022 11:36 pm

Here in Melbourne’s CBD there are plenty of one-way streets such as Flinders Lane.
As a pedestrian, if you dare cross on the red, watch out you might get splattered.
As a driver, if you give way to every pedestrian, you will never get anywhere.

Reply to  Eric Worrall
June 27, 2022 9:28 am

So pedestrians can be wherever they like, whenever they like, and stay there as long as they like.

I much prefer the law here in Arizona. If you’re not where you are permitted to be, too bad if someone runs you down. (We do need some modifications for bicyclists, though – at the very least, if they are on the road when there is a bike path right next to it, they should be responsible for whatever happens to them.)

MarkW
Reply to  writing observer
June 27, 2022 11:58 am

Unfortunately the laws were written under the assumption that all parties involved will try to get along.

Retired_Engineer_Jim
Reply to  stinkerp
June 26, 2022 10:58 pm

Assumption of the risk?

Interested Observer
Reply to  stinkerp
June 26, 2022 11:03 pm

The morons illegally blockading traffic are the reckless ones.” AMEN!

They are indeed “profoundly narcissistic sociopaths”. The whole thing is about them; if they weren’t protesting “climate change”, it would be something else that reinforced their selfishness and disregard for other people.

As for suing the cr*p out of them, that only works if you can find out who they are and if they have any money (which they usually don’t). It would be better to confiscate everything they own which required fossil fuels to manufacture or transport (excepting underwear) and let them enjoy all that “global warming” in the middle of winter.

Make them live by the consequences of their choices and they’ll be singing a different tune in no time.

.KcTaz
Reply to  Interested Observer
June 26, 2022 11:49 pm

As a veteran of the America’s Civil Rights struggles of the late 50s and 60s, which were largely peaceful protests, I rather imagine if you had been in charge, it would have taken a whole lot longer to get a Civil Rights Bill passed and end “Separate but Equal” and Segregation in the US. Just saying.
There are times when it is necessary to let Governments know they can’t abridge people’s rights without being challenged and, yes, that does cause inconvenience for others at times. My surprise is that you weren’t out there with them.

Interested Observer
Reply to  .KcTaz
June 27, 2022 1:51 am

I don’t live in Sydney and I disagree with their “cause” so, I wouldn’t ever be “out there with them”. I like living in a modern society with cheap and reliable energy and these idiots want to take that away. They deserve every bit of opprobrium I can muster.

The “protesters” weren’t marching for the right to be treated equally. They were marching for the “right” to subjugate everyone else to their stupid beliefs. Kind of like the National Socialist marches in Germany in the 1920’s and we all know how much “inconvenience” they caused.

And to answer Tom (below), I do have more sympathy with the anti-lockdown protesters because, they were protesting against a government which was clearly abridging their rights and their protests inconvenienced very few people (because most people weren’t allowed to go to work at the time). A lot of people who don’t get their paychecks from the government were put out of work by the lockdowns and were struggling to survive. There was a lot of support for those protests from people who don’t get their paychecks from the government. So, F*ck Dan Andrews!

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Graemethecat
Reply to  .KcTaz
June 27, 2022 2:57 am

The fundamental difference between the Civil Rights protestors and the Climate morons today is the fact that the former were suffering under a real, undeniable injustice whereas the latter are merely self-regarding Middle-Class w@nkers.

Brad-DXT
Reply to  .KcTaz
June 27, 2022 10:01 am

I question your reasoning skills if you are attempting to equate civil rights to this commie rabble’s cause.
What rights are being challenged by providing energy, food, clothing, and medicine to humanity?

Tom Foley
Reply to  stinkerp
June 26, 2022 11:19 pm

Do you feel the same way about the anti- covid vaccination demonstrators? Covid poses an immediate clear threat to life (unlike climate change) especially to some groups, and long covid is not to be wished on anyone. Personally I thought those protestors who blocked traffic were narcissistic sociopaths.

ozspeaksup
Reply to  Tom Foley
June 27, 2022 1:59 am

an immediate clear threat to life?
ah yes a 98/9%+survival rate..
adverse harms FROM vax the same risk OR higher of death etc
hmm

Derg
Reply to  Tom Foley
June 27, 2022 4:48 am

Is the gene therapy shot safe and effective 😉

Scissor
Reply to  Derg
June 27, 2022 5:07 am

Somewhat unsafe but highly profitable.

mal
Reply to  Scissor
June 27, 2022 9:02 am

Certainly not effective, from what I can tell in the long term the shots make sure you get COVID.

MarkW
Reply to  Derg
June 27, 2022 9:39 am

Yes

waza
Reply to  stinkerp
June 26, 2022 11:25 pm

Eric
Under NSW road rules
Most of the relevant rules for traffic lights are:-
If the lights are red the driver must…..
If the lights are red the pedestrian must….

If the lights are green in favour of the driver the law will be in favour of the driver.

There is a law not to enter a blocked intersection, however pedestrians standing around is not considered a blockage.

Interested Observer
Reply to  waza
June 27, 2022 1:26 am

There is the unwritten law that says “Pedestrians always have the right of way, even when they’re doing the wrong thing.” Drivers must do everything in their power to avoid hitting pedestrians, even when people are standing in the middle of a busy road. A driver’s only cover is when they can demonstrate that they couldn’t possibly stop or avoid the pedestrian in time. As a driver, you can’t claim right of way as the reason for hitting a pedestrian.

These idiots are abusing the law to cause people maximum inconvenience, all for the sake of indulging their selfish whims. They should be willing to spend time in gaol for it.

stinkerp
Reply to  Interested Observer
June 27, 2022 6:28 pm

Key point: “unwritten” law. If it’s unwritten then it can be challenged in court. When you deliberately put yourself in harm’s way when someone else is exercising his legal right and otherwise being safe and prudent, YOU are at fault. Always. Drivers who accidentally injure or kill pedestrians who are in the roadway in violation of traffic rules aren’t held liable. There are numerous cases. It can be easily proved that you tried (several times) to swerve to avoid a slope-skulled protestor but he kept putting himself in front of your vehicle. The fault is entirely his.

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John Endicott
Reply to  stinkerp
June 29, 2022 9:11 am

There’s nothing “reckless” about slowly driving through a mob of morons illegally blocking your route.”

The reckless part for the driver is in the potential of being mobbed by morons, having them damaging your vehicle (hitting it with fists, bats, bricks, or other objects, or their bodies if you end up ploughing through them at higher speeds to get out of the mob situation) and possibly even pulling you out of it to beat you up if you are driving slowly enough. You could even get shot at, as happened to one driver in a protest in Utah back in 2020 when a protester ran to the SUV’s passenger side, pointed a handgun at the driver, and shot one round through the window,

For the protesters the reckless part is putting their bodies in front of moving vehicles that could do them considerable harm very easily.

Iain Russell
June 26, 2022 10:45 pm

Go, go you good thing!!

Kentlfc
June 26, 2022 10:49 pm

Driver slowly tries to drive around protestors. Protestors run out to collide with the front of car is what I saw!

Zane
June 26, 2022 10:54 pm

These misguided so-called protestors are simply the shock troops of hidden globalist plutocrats.

Alexy Scherbakoff
Reply to  Zane
June 26, 2022 11:53 pm

Troops? More like undisciplined rabble.

H.R.
Reply to  Alexy Scherbakoff
June 27, 2022 3:55 am

The phrase ‘useful idiots’ comes to mind.

mal
Reply to  H.R.
June 27, 2022 9:05 am

Yes they are useful idiot we can only hope the don’t end up like Stalin’s and Mao’s useful idiots. Those idiots pushed up daisies after their usefulness ran out.

Matt Kiro
Reply to  Zane
June 27, 2022 8:25 am

Brainwashed pawns

aussiecol
Reply to  Matt Kiro
June 27, 2022 4:39 pm

Yep, brainwashed pawns for a doomsday cult.

TEWS_Pilot
June 26, 2022 11:22 pm

Dashboard video has been obtained of the frustrated occupants of the vehicle.

Move get out da way.gif
waza
June 26, 2022 11:45 pm

Here in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia you can apply to hold an event on a road. (Sydney will be the same)
It is a legislated road safety and OH & S issue.
It’s illegal to hold an event anywhere within the road reserve (fence to fence) without consent.
The legalities or moral rights of the protest issue are irrelevant.

Alexy Scherbakoff
June 26, 2022 11:49 pm

The motorist was protesting the protestors, therefore his actions were legitimate.
I am applying the logic of these protestors.

waza
June 27, 2022 12:14 am

My take if me.
I had the green light.
I entered the intersection with care
I honked to alert other road users who were in my way.
The tried to avoid a collision*
The other roads users didn’t try to avoid a collision.
After the collision, I new it was important to stop, however I thought my safety was at risk so I keep driving.#

*The need to avoid a collision is highlighted many times in the road rules. However collision implies an accident. The protestor intentionally wanted to hit my car.

#If you have major accident you should stop and render assistance. But it is quiet common and legal for minor accidents to report in a couple of days.

ThinkingScientist
Reply to  waza
June 27, 2022 3:05 am

Comedian Jasper Carrot’s insurance claims sketch (British and Australian) seems entirely apt here. Especially @ 2mins in!

australian insurance claims jasper carrot – YouTube

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Vuk
June 27, 2022 12:15 am

Meanwhile, there’s a mid summer snow ball fight in the German Alps over American biofuels.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2022/06/26/joe-biden-block-boris-johnsons-answer-global-food-crisis/
“It’s stupid” stupid.

Ed Zuiderwijk
June 27, 2022 12:26 am

Message to the protestors:

You have been lied to.
There is no ‘climate emergency’
Those who invented it were fools
Those who propagate it are charlatans
Those who believe it are ignorant dupes.

Rhoda R.
Reply to  Ed Zuiderwijk
June 29, 2022 6:01 pm

They don’t care. 1) they are professional protestors for the most part, 2) it is exciting and gives them a sense of accomplishment, and 3) they are taking IT to the MAN. Whatever IT might be and whatever the MAN is. Rebel without a cause and all that.

zemlik
June 27, 2022 1:47 am

It is a similar tactic by the boat people in the English Channel. “I will put myself in danger and I expect you to rescue me” or in the case of the motorist “I expect you to stop”. Or it was like that with the illegal mariners but now it is a charade and they are transferred directly from French ship to RNLI vessel.

ozspeaksup
June 27, 2022 1:53 am

dude deserves a medal and a pity MORE cars didnt follow and do the bl**dy same

Craig from Oz
June 27, 2022 2:12 am

Australian industry safety works on the principle of So Far As Is Reasonably Practical for the first part, but also has conditions where you do not have to protect against someone who is or has displayed clear intent to ignore your risk reduction processes.

For example if we have an electrical switch box we are required to label the outside of the box with the usual collection of Danger and Warning (which are two different things, btw) signs.

You do not have to place the labels on the inside of the enclosure.

The concept is that this is a closed door that is clearly labelled. If you have opened the door you are either qualified to be working with electricity, or have shown clear intent to ignore the risk reduction processes.

So if someone climbs the clearly labelled fence around your pit of sharks with laser beams, then… BYE!

Unfortunately I do not believe these sorts of examples above will be taken to an industrial relations court, but more a civil type.

In a civil court I feel the judgement would support the people running in front of the car.

In an industrial situation the protestors have shown a clear intent to place themselves in front of a moving motor vehicle and, quite frankly, should have been charged with damage to the car.

Motorists have a duty of care to attempt to prevent incidents, but there are also laws against jay walking for largely this reason. Just cause the driver is expected to NOT run you over So Far As Is Reasonable Practical (actually… probably… consult your lawyer), the pedestrian is expected to behave in a rational and predicable manner around roadways.

PLUS – and this is the big one – if you do something stupid and die, and the other party is found at fault, YOU ARE STILL DEAD.

What would you rather be? Morally right, or alive?

Mr.
Reply to  Craig from Oz
June 27, 2022 7:20 am

We can protect ourselves from all workplace and transport harms by wearing fluoro safety vests.

Yet to be tested for effectiveness against meteor strikes, but I’m sure all politicians doing pieces to camera warning us about imminent meteor strikes will be wearing fluoro safety vests.

ThinkingScientist
Reply to  Mr.
June 27, 2022 7:27 am

And hard hats. Don’t forget the hard hat.

Mr.
Reply to  ThinkingScientist
June 27, 2022 12:10 pm

Correct.
But needs to be a hard hat that perches precariously on top of the politicians’ coifs, demonstrating that they really have no actual experience at all at wearing hard hats.

Luigi
June 27, 2022 2:52 am

Very weird that protests against mandatory vaccine are forbidden, but those against the alleged man made climate change are permitted despite crowds may prompt the infection…

High Treason
June 27, 2022 3:37 am

The climate looney deliberately interfered with the guy’s Liberty. It was no accident-the actions were premeditated and strategized with the express intention of causing disruption and inconvenience. As the law was being flagrantly violated, it is only fair that someone takes steps to restore their Liberty.
Now, it is time for the Police to use the new laws. $22,000 fine and/ or 2 years in the slammer. 2 years of unwelcome love in the slammer will make them think twice before doing this sort of lunacy again.

Coach Springer
June 27, 2022 5:00 am

Where are the cheap, abundant energy protestors? That’s the important thing being threatened.

BTW. protestors were blocking the intersection, not “walking through it.” And “accelerated into the demonstrators” is a pejorative description of what took place.

MarkW
Reply to  Coach Springer
June 27, 2022 12:03 pm

Where are the cheap, abundant energy protestors?

Holding down meaningful and productive jobs.

Pflashgordon
June 27, 2022 5:02 am

The linked “news” article inaccurately describes the event. The car drove between protestors at a very slow, pedestrian speed. As this occurred, other protestors walked over and placed themselves in front of the slow-moving car which apparently kept moving at a safe, pedestrian speed. Nobody was struck by the car, but some fools placed themselves in harms way intentionally. Had any been injured, they were themselves at fault.

This is nothing like the driver who criminally crashed at high speed into a legally permitted Christmas parade, killing several, in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

As for the woman who used her rental car to block traffic, On Texas freeways, there would have instantly been multiple tow trucks on scene to pull her away, whether she liked it or not. Even in case of traffic accidents, it is illegal to leave cars blocking traffic if they are still operable.

Rob_Dawg
June 27, 2022 5:08 am

> The climate activists took to the streets on Monday morning to “cause disruption to the political and economic systems”.

The very definitions of sedition and terrorism.

ScienceABC123
June 27, 2022 5:15 am

Agreed, it is reckless of people to be walking in areas meant for vehicular traffic.

H.R.
June 27, 2022 5:18 am

The article says it was Monday morning, so it was a workday.

The commuters were going to their jobs. I’m thinking that none of the protesters have jobs, or else they would also be in traffic honking at protesters.

Near as I can figure, the only reason the protesters have time on their hands to attend protests is because of the wealth created by a fossil fuel-based economy and those with jobs that help create that wealth.

It seems to me that the protesters have food, clothing, and shelter (and cell phones) and do nothing to get the necessities of life. Producing nothing but misery for others who do contribute to society. They are quite wealthy compared to a few billion on this planet who spend all of their time just trying to cover the basics of living and they often come up short.

The behavior of the protesters is shameful, but they have no shame. There is a whole lotta psychological B.S. going on in those protesters’ heads as they somehow have to justify their parasitic existence to themselves. “Saving The Planet” is as good an excuse as any to fool themselves into thinking they are doing something of value.

MarkW
Reply to  H.R.
June 27, 2022 12:06 pm

For many of the protesters, this is their job.

H.R.
Reply to  MarkW
June 27, 2022 4:03 pm

Tru dat. There is no value-added sitting on your @$$ in the middle of a road.

So they are paid parasites, eh?

alex mentes
June 27, 2022 5:40 am

Perfectly legal here in the Free State of Florida to run over the protestors. Hence, we don’t get type of nonsense .

Juan Slayton
Reply to  alex mentes
June 27, 2022 6:55 am

Perfectly legal….

You need to back that up. Somebody might believe you.

T Gasloli
June 27, 2022 7:24 am

Municipal governments, and the police they direct, need to do their job instead of aiding & abetting lawlessness by leftists they support. That is the real problem.

If you want to block a street get the required permit for a parade route. This sort of street blocking is illegal. The protesters know it as do the police who aid & abet it.

paul
Reply to  T Gasloli
June 27, 2022 1:25 pm

not to mention the politicans who are all in lock step

June 27, 2022 9:38 am

One of the things that is causing the frustration of the regular citizen is the obvious double standard.

Block me from my normal business? Fine and dandy with the government. Block access to a favored Leftist establishment, such as an abortion clinic? Plan to spend several months in jail.

Bob
June 27, 2022 5:58 pm

Not much tolerance for protesters, they deserve swift and brutal punishment.

Patrick MJD
June 28, 2022 3:13 pm

Most of these protestors (I call them morons) actually drove from Victoria. It is good to see the police doing what they should be doing.

Patrick MJD
June 28, 2022 3:22 pm

What’s going on here in Aus is beyond monumentally stupid.

Chris
June 29, 2022 12:36 am

Commonly, blocking roads is a traffic offense, and might be a criminal in other cases and circumstances – the police should deal with it – not endorse and encourage it, as they are disrupting regular peoples lives and income for political motives.
In UK, XR has even gone to state that they would not let rescue vehicles or critically ill patients in ambulances through and they would be willing to let people die for their cause – that is no longer peaceful protest – that is straight-out terrorism.

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