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Woman breaks down after climate activists block off late mum's home

9News.com.au logo 9News.com.au 8/10/2019 Reid Butler

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A grief-stricken woman has broken down sobbing after becoming caught up in today's climate action blockade in Melbourne's CBD.

Sally (last name withheld) was desperately trying to access her late mother's Spring Street apartment this morning but was prevented from driving through the intersection with Collins Street.

"Dad passed away 10 months ago and mum passed away on Sunday at home in that building. I'm supposed to be there having hospital beds picked up, lifting machines picked up," she told A Current Affair through tears.

"I heard that these d-------- were here yesterday so I've come along this morning, and they're here again!"

Sally says she tried to explain to the Extinction Rebellion activists that her mother had just died after a 12-year battle with cancer.

a person sitting in a car: Grief-stricken Sally had her access to her late mother's home blocked by climate protesters. © A Current Affair Grief-stricken Sally had her access to her late mother's home blocked by climate protesters.

"He said 'well we're only here because lots of people are going to die.' I said 'I don't care about those people, I care about my mum and dad!" she said.

To make matters worse, Sally couldn't park and walk up the slippery street as she had just dislocated her knee.

"I want to get home and start organising all the clean up of all the medical stuff that was there because of the palliative care. The hospital bed that mum died in," she said.

a group of people posing for the camera: Climate protests are taking place around the country. © A Current Affair Climate protests are taking place around the country.

She slammed the protestors and their claims that "civil disobedience" is the only way to encourage governments to act on climate change.

"They think it's so important but what is important is the everyday, good Australian people just trying to go about their everyday lives. It's not fair," she said.

A Current Affair arranged for Sally to drive through the blockade with a police escort, however, that didn't stop one activist from stepping in front of the car, prompting an angry response from the grieving woman.

a group of people walking down a street next to a car: A Current Affair arranged for Sally to be able to drive through the protesters. © A Current Affair A Current Affair arranged for Sally to be able to drive through the protesters.

Extinction Rebellion spokesperson Miriam Robinson told A Current Affair that "disruption" was part of their strategy.

"For years we've been marching in the streets, we've been lobbying politicians, we've been signing petitions and having talks," she said.

"Nothing has changed, our emissions continue to go up. We understand (today's actions) are disruptive and some people are annoyed. We're sorry for the inconvenience but we do it because it's important."

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