Three Greenpeace activists were left precariously dangling from ropes under the Sydney Harbour Bridge during a climate change protest on Tuesday morning.
The men, who Greenpeace said were experienced and trained abseilers, swung from ropes 49 metres above the water.
They began the protest around 6am – and said they would not come down until the government declared a climate change emergency.
One held a sign reading ‘100% renewables.’
Police said the men came up and were arrested at 9.45am and charges are expected.
Three Greenpeace activists were left precariously dangling from ropes under the Sydney Harbour Bridge during a climate change protest on Tuesday morning
One protester dangled above the water with a sign reading ‘100% renewable’
The men used red flags so that they could be seen by people watching the protest from below
A group of activists stormed the bridge around 5.15am.
Some were detained by security officers who called the police but three avoided detention and carried on with the planned protest.
Police said ten activists had been arrested, several with harnesses and abseiling gear.
Some of their equipment bags fell into the water below, according to police.
Police boats in the water and officers on the bridge were considering how to get the men down.
Lane eight of the bridge was briefly closed due to the police operation but soon re-opened.
Climate change had been a key issue during the election campaign in which Labor leader Bill Shorten had criticised the Coalition government for inaction.
Six Greenpeace activists climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge on Tuesday morning in a protest about climate change
‘People were detained by security personnel, but others were able to climb under the structure,’ New South Wales Police said in a statement.
‘Police from Sydney City Police Area Command attended and were assisted by officer from the Rescue and Bomb Disposal Unit, Marine Area Command and PolAir in removing protestors from beneath the bridge.
‘Earlier in the operation ten people were arrested. A short time ago, a further three protesters who were attached to ropes beneath the bridge were arrested.
‘All 13 protesters have been taken to Surry Hills and Day Street Police Stations to assist with inquiries.’
By 6.45am three of the protesters (pictured) had been arrested but three others remained on the bridge
The group said its supporters had ‘occupied’ the iconic bridge and that six trained climbers had abseiled from it. Pictured: Police at the scene