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Sydney Harbor Tunnel protester verbally insulted as protest against Blockade Australia kicks up traffic

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An irate commuter erupted at a climate activist after she chained herself to the wheel of her car and blocked traffic outside the Sydney Harbor Tunnel.

Mali, 22, parked her white hatchback across the road leading to the busy tunnel and brought hundreds of motorists to a halt on Monday.

She began live-streaming the protest when an angry driver walked up to her window and began verbally berating her with a series of swear words before storming off.

“You’re ruining everyone’s day,” he shouts. “Get out of the damn way!”

An unfazed Mali continues to look at the camera before responding, “To this man I’d say I’m behind you. It’s for you, it’s for your family that we do this.’

Mali staged the protest when dozens of Blockade Australia protesters marched through the streets in the CBD, disrupting traffic and clashing with police.

A fed up driver was filmed pushing his car through the crowd forcing people to jump sideways as a protester slammed the hood as they were pushed backwards.

Mali, who complained about climate destruction in her livestream, then sipped water from a plastic water bottle as she continued her protest on the other side of town.

An irate commuter broke out at a climate activist after she chained herself to the wheel of her car and blocked traffic outside the Sydney Harbor Tunnel

She started live-streaming the protest when an angry driver walked up to her window and started verbally berating her before she stormed off

She started live-streaming the protest when an angry driver walked up to her window and started verbally berating her before she stormed off

The woman's white hatchback was parked sideways across two lanes of traffic - causing chaos for the thousands of people who use the tunnel every hour

The woman’s white hatchback was parked sideways across two lanes of traffic – causing chaos for the thousands of people who use the tunnel every hour

“The police are here,” she said into the camera. “I’m not sure you can see it. Thanks everyone who listened.

“I’m not sure how much longer I’ll be able to hold this phone and this space. It’s a big day ahead of us.’

She then looks out the window to see if the police officers are circling her car before the irate commuter walks back to her car.

The commuter yelled at her that she was “f***ing selfish,” then yelled at her a sentence about “prison” that’s so obscene it can’t be published.

Mali continues to look away at her phone, trying to ignore the commuter who is insulting her.

The commuter then walks away before Mali urges her viewers to join her.

‘Come and show solidarity. Find your voice,’ she said.

A police officer then walks to her window and politely asks her for identification.

The tunnel is one of the main arteries bringing commuters through the city’s harbor and is used by up to 2,000 cars per hour.

All traffic had been diverted via the Harbor Bridge and the drivers had to reverse for miles.

Police officers surrounded the white hatchback as traffic backed up for several miles

Police officers surrounded the white hatchback as traffic backed up for several miles

The woman was eventually arrested by several officers and the tunnel reopened around 9:00 a.m

The woman was eventually arrested by several officers and the tunnel reopened around 9:00 a.m

The tunnel was reopened after the car was later removed, the Transport Management Center said.

Mali was among dozens of Blockade Australia protesters who stormed the city after vowing to create a week of misery for commuters by disrupting traffic with police frantically trying to stop the protest with barricades.

In a statement, the radical group said their week-long protest activities had “started” with “the mobilization of Sydney to resist climate destruction”.

“Sydney is where the Australian operation began, and for more than two centuries it has been where Australia’s destruction of this continent has been most intense,” a group spokesperson said.

“Australia’s institutions are concentrations of coercion that make this exploitation possible. Our collective survival rests on organized opposition and the use of strategic direct action to resist this project of destruction.

Protesters hold a sign outside the Sydney Harbor Tunnel as a car blocks traffic

Protesters hold a sign outside the Sydney Harbor Tunnel as a car blocks traffic

Dozens descended on Sydney's city center, holding placards and chants as they demanded action on climate change

Dozens descended on Sydney’s city center, holding placards and chants as they demanded action on climate change

“Blockade Australia will continue to cause disruption and resist climate destruction in the coming days.”

Meanwhile, outraged Australians have come online to criticize the group for interrupting society with ‘dangerous’ antics.”

“These Blockade idiots need to think better,” one person tweeted.

While many support climate change, most of Australia is still against these fools. Forbid their well-being if they want to endanger lives by blocking traffic and transport.’

“I’m sorry but #BlockadeAustralia is 10 years late giving climate change activism a bad name,” said another.

Another man pointed out that the protests were causing people to spend longer in their cars with the petrol heaters on because of the roadblock, which was ironically bad for the environment.

A police officer picks up milk crates left in the street as protesters were seen throwing bins and objects in the police's path to slow them down

A police officer picks up milk crates left in the street as protesters were seen throwing bins and objects in the police’s path to slow them down

A man picked up a barricade and ran as protests choked traffic in the CBD on Monday

A man picked up a barricade and ran as protests choked traffic in the CBD on Monday

“It’s all well and good to protest, but harassing the wider community is just selfish,” wrote a fourth.

As commuters headed into town for work, crowds of protesters descended on Elizabeth Street before marching around Hyde Park towards the NSW Parliament.

The crowd was forced to disperse when it was blocked by police at the intersection of George and Bridge Street, blocking access to the Harbor Bridge.

Blockade Australia said it would hold a press conference at Redfern Park at 2:30 p.m.

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