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Extinction Rebellion protestors cause huge traffic delays for workers in Sydney's CBD

Extinction Rebellion protesters caused peak hour traffic chaos in Sydney after blocking a busy city street.

Protesters rallying against climate change and a gas project in northwest NSW unfurled large banners as they stood in the middle of Bathurst Street, with some activists sitting on the road and others chaining themselves to barrels. 

Dozens of police were called to the scene on Monday morning as eastbound traffic banked up at the intersection of Bathurst and George streets. 

A number of protesters were arrested, including one woman who reportedly glued her hand to the road. 

Extinction Rebellion protesters blocked traffic in Sydney's CBD on Monday as frustrated motorists were on their morning commute

Protesters dressed all in red were pictured laying on the ground as Extinction Rebellion members held up a sign that read 'Still climate emergency, act now'

Some frustrated motorists were captured on camera attempting to drive through the protesters as they were on their morning commute.     

Extinction Rebellion members chose the CBD location because it was outside the office of natural gas transmission company APA Group, who they were demanding cease interest in two projects.  

'NO GAS! Rebels are locked on outside APA Groups offices to demand that they back out of the Westerns Slopes pipeline and Narrabri gas project!,' Extinction Rebellion posted on Facebook. 

Protesters unfurled two large banners that each read 'Climate emergency, get off the fence now' and held up signs emblazoned with the words 'fossil fuels will cook our kids'. 

Some protesters were pictured with their hands stuck inside a barrel, with others had their hands stuck to the road 

Police were called to the scene and made a number of arrests, reportedly including one woman who glued herself to the road

The Extinction Rebellion protesters unfurled two large banners that read 'Climate emergency get off the fence' as they stood across Bathurst Street

A number of demonstrators were also standing - and then laying on the ground - bizarrely dressed in red outfits with white painted faces.   

All eastbound lanes on Bathurst Street were later reopened.

But Live Traffic NSW warned motorists that 'traffic remains heavy through the area, continue to exercise caution and allow plenty of extra travel time'.

Daily Mail Australia contacted APA Group for comment.  

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