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Climate protesters have been taken into custody after locking themselves to the roof of a truck in the middle of a busy Melbourne CBD intersection.

Climate protesters have been arrested after locking themselves to the roof of a truck in the middle of a busy Melbourne CBD intersection.

The two men, from the Extinction Rebellion movement, pulled the stunt at the intersection of Flinders and Swanston streets, to gain publicity for their upcoming climate protests in the city next week.

The pair were calling for climate intervention and action from the roof of the parked rental truck as traffic maneuvered around them.

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The protesters were taken into custody after being brought down by search and rescue police about 9.20am.

Flinders Street was earlier clogged with major traffic delays and a number of tram services were impacted.

Police were directing the onslaught of traffic in the area.

"Two males were arrested at approximately 9.20am this morning following protest activity which occurred at the intersection of Flinders and Swanston Street," a Victoria Police statement read.

"Both men have been taken into custody and are assisting police with their enquiries.

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"A truck which was blocking the intersection has been cleared, and tram and traffic flow has resumed."

The men in a live social media video said they had no other choice but to stage the protest.

"Doing nothing risks everything," they said.

Extinction Rebellion protesters are planning to disrupt the city every day next week.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/traffic-delays-protesters-lock-themselves-to-truck-roof-on-flinders-street-melbournes-cbd/1efd009b-f569-44f4-83f0-b71bca958ad8

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