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“Extinction Rebellion” Climate Activists March Through Capitol

SNLS | July 9, 2019

Extinction Rebellion, an activist movement focused on taking radical global action against what they see as a “climate emergency” marched through the Capitol Tuesday evening in Washington DC.

One was detained, but released without charge.

The group primarily focused on a demand that the congress declare climate change to be an imminent emergency. Originally planning to commit an act of civil disobedience, the group instead celebrated Senator Bernie Sanders’, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Congressman Earl Blumenauer’s resolution Tuesday morning for congress to declare a “climate emergency.”

The group marched from Spirit of Justice Park to the Capitol. While no arrests occurred, police repeatedly pushed activists from the streets back onto the sidewalk.

A US Capitol Police officer on a motorcycle at one point interacted with a one activist. As the officer yelled “Sidewalk please! Sidewalk! Sidewalk!” the activist offered “Stay in the street!”

“Don’t listen to him!” the officer yelled.

“It’s a climate emergency!” said the activist.

“No it’s not, get on the sidewalk!” replied the officer.

The group promised to come back soon if the resolution isn’t passed, adding that they don’t have a “lick of faith” in Nancy Pelosi to get it passed.

One individual was detained briefly after attempting to use chalk at the Capitol. Capitol police took out handcuffs but didn’t put him on them.

“Let him go! Let him go,” the crowd chanted.

“Do you protect the property or the people?” one yelled.

He was let go without charge after taking his info.

Written by SNLS


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