A woman was left devastated and angry after climate change protesters blocked her from getting to her late mother’s house to help clear away her belongings.
The Melbourne woman, named Sally, broke down when A Current Affair approached her as she was stuck trying to pass protesters.
Her mother had passed away on Sunday after being in palliative care and Sally was on her way to her late mother’s home to clean it out.
‘I heard that these d******** were here yesterday so I’ve come along this morning, and they’re here again,’ she said fighting back tears.
‘I want to get home and start organising all the clean up of all the medical stuff that was there because of the palliative care. The hospital bed that mum died in.’
When she was told of the reason for the protest and that ‘civil disobedience’ was the tactic she hit out.
‘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.
Two protesters noticed the interview and engaged with the ACA reporter who filled them in on the situation.
After which the protesters went into the crowd and helped make space for Sally to get through.
However as she started to slowly drive through the space a lone protester jumped in front of her car in an attempt to stop her.
Others were quick to intervene and move the protester out of the way.
As Sally started to drive past the lone protester she leaned out of her window and called the woman a ‘b****’ as the protester apologised.
The protests were part of the global Extinction Rebellion event with the aim of shutting down major cities across the world in protest of climate change.
A protest organiser has already apologised in advance for the ‘Spring Rebellion’, but is blaming the federal government’s inaction on climate change.
At least 100 protesters are expected to camp each night in Melbourne’s Carlton Gardens.
The corner of Flinders and Swanston Street could also be blocked during Monday’s evening peak hour.
A ‘swarm for survival’ is planned for Wednesday, an ‘extinction rave’ for Friday night and a ‘nudie parade’ for Saturday.
In Brisbane, protesters have promised a ‘Water Birth For A Better Earth’ event at Southbank River Quay.
‘Swarming Flash Mobs’ will also roam Queens Gardens throughout the week.
In Adelaide, protesters will swarm on traffic hot spots and hold a ‘Block Party’ on Friday night.
Sydney will fire up at 1.30pm at Belmore Park, with a ‘Take Back the Streets’ protest expected to cause havoc.
Spokeswoman Jane Morton said the protests are the only way to urge governments to listen to experts and act on climate change.
‘There’s no alternative and we do apologise for the disruption because we believe it’s the only way we can get our message out,’ she told Melbourne radio 3AW on Monday.
‘It’s pressure and it’s the only way we know to save my kids, your kids if you’ve got any.’