Climate Protesters Arrested After Supergluing Themselves To US Capitol
Seventeen climate change protesters were reportedly arrested Tuesday night in a demonstration where members of their activist group superglued themselves to an underground entrance of the US Capitol.
At least 16 environmentalists from Extinction Rebellion staged the sticky demonstration, where they affixed themselves to subway entrance doorways between House office buildings and the Capitol, according to USA Today.
The group immobilized themselves in an attempt to draw the attention of passing Congress members en route to a 6:30 p.m. House vote.
By 8 p.m., they were wrangled and arrested by US Capitol Police.
All 17 protesters were charged with “crowding, obstructing or incommoding,” according to the Washington Post. All but two of them were also slapped with defacing public property charges, while 8 were charged with resisting arrest.
Kaela Bamberger, a spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion, said the group’s goal was to pressure Congress to pass a resolution introduced earlier this month that would declare a climate emergency.
“Part of the point in using civil disobedience is creating this situation where we disrupt business as usual for congresspeople and put pressure on Congress to demand a climate emergency and to see that resolution through the legislature.”
The resolution was introduced in the House by New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer. It’s backed by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Senate.
Tuesday’s protesters hail from the same group of climate change protesters that were arrested last month during a rally outside of The New York Times building.
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