Studio 10’s Kerri-Anne Kennerley has slammed climate change protesters, suggesting commuters “use them as speed bumps”.
The Extinction Rebellion movement is holding a “spring rebellion” all week, which includes marches and other protests aimed at blocking traffic.
“Personally, I would leave them all super-glued to wherever they do it,” Kennerley said on the program.
“The guy hanging from the Story Bridge. Why send emergency services? Leave him there until he gets himself out. No emergency services should help them, nobody should do anything, and you just put little witches hats around them, or use them as a speed bump.”
Realising that she may have gone too far, she added, “Oh, we’re going to get into trouble! Is that wrong?
“Put them in jail, forget to feed them. Some of the aged care homes around Australia, that would really sort them out.”
A spokesman for Extinction Rebellion has condemned the television personality’s comments.
“I would just point out Extinction Rebellion is a peaceful, nonviolent organisation at the centre of all our tactics and messaging,” he told news.com.au.
“Kerri-Anne Kennerley really should think very carefully before making such statements about the impacts they could have. The motivation behind Extinction Rebellion is just to draw attention to the climate emergency, and we always seek to do so in a disruptive but strictly non-violent manner.”
He added, “Respect for other people is at the centre of our ethos and principles, and I would hope other people, especially public commentators, would approach us with the same level of respect for common decency.”
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— 💧 Sleeping Giants Oz 📣 (@slpng_giants_oz) October 9, 2019
We're already had a mentally ill man drive his car into a crowd in Melbourne CBD. Kerri Anne Kennerley advocating for climate protesters to be "used as human speed bumps." Is nothing short of criminal & she should be changed with inciting violence. #FederalPolice #auspol
— Claudia Santini (@claudia980980) October 9, 2019
So Kerri-Anne Kennerley you also wanna use protesting school kids as speed bumps, time for you apologize, resign and change your vile repugnant ideas. https://t.co/VJ59FFJAH0
— 💧Wordstoprint (@wordstoprint) October 9, 2019
Environmental activists say they’ll keep putting their freedom on the line and risk being arrested until the federal government declares a “climate emergency”.
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 said.
“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.”
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