Australian cities witnessed mass rallies on Saturday, in protest against the central government’s handling of the forest fires that have been going on there since last September.
Voice of America Radio – in its English language publication – said that about 30,000 people participated in a march in the city of Sydney alone, demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Scott Morrison, accusing him of not dealing seriously with the phenomenon of global warming and its impact on Australian forest fires.
Wildfire hell has been unleashed on Australia for months now – the whole world will one day look like this – unless we stop burning fossil fuels now and stop digging our own grave just to boost profits of Big OIL billionaires – #climateEmergency #ClimateChange #keepitintheground pic.twitter.com/5zIyKXZN5L
— GO GREEN (@ECOWARRIORSS) January 11, 2020
In a related development, the Australian Prime Minister appealed to citizens on Saturday to postpone the proposed marches in Melbourne so as not to place additional burdens on the police forces involved in suppressing forest fires, but the march organizers ignored this call and took to the streets, despite the heavy rains, crossing their feelings of anger and frustration with the handling of fires.
Australian climate activist Glen Klatovsky share a mass rally footage on his twitter account
Absolutely huge #climate rally in Adelaide right now and getting bigger by the minute screaming out #ClimateActionNow to @ScottMorrisonMP and all politicians #auspol #sapol @350Australia @FossilFreeSA pic.twitter.com/Lx1RPUgSRy
— Glen Klatovsky (@glenklatovsky) January 10, 2020
The wildfires have killed at least 27 people since last September, with about 10 million hectares of forest destroyed representing more than the size of Portugal.