Protesters dressed as bees swarmed Sydney’s Hyde Park on Tuesday to kick off the second day of a week-long series of events to draw attention to climate change and its consequences.

Thirty-eight people – aged between 19 and 75 – were arrested on Monday during an Extinction Rebellion demonstration in the city’s CBD.

They’ve been charged with failing to comply with a direction under NSW’s Road Transport Act.

The campaign group has planned an Australia-wide “Spring rebellion” running until Sunday including marches and other protests aimed at blocking traffic.

Michele Radinovic, 33, from Sydney was among those arrested during Monday’s demonstration as activists sat on the road.

Ms Radinovic on Tuesday said she was put in a “wrist-lock” and spoken to “quite aggressively” by officers. She was shocked by how protesters were treated.

“(But) I’m willing to put my liberty on the line for this,” she told AAP.


“This is the biggest issue of our time.”

In a message directed at the police, she said: “I just want to remind them that we are peaceful and we’re doing this for our future, for their children’s future.”


The action was needed to “wake the public up”, Ms Radinovic added.

Peter Matthison – a bee-keeper and avocado farmer from the state’s mid-north coast – joined other farmers in Sydney on Tuesday to “demand our leaders take strong action on climate change so that we have a future in farming in this country”.

The 38-year-old said he was not setting out to be arrested but was willing to be detained.

“As a farmer, I have no other option but to put my body and my liberty on the line,” he told AAP.

“I will receive fines, I will get a criminal history which I’ve never had before, and I’m completely fine with that as long as we secure a safe future on this planet.”

Mr Matthison was subsequently arrested alongside a handful of other protesters on Tuesday morning, organisers told AAP.


With AAP