Hundreds of climate activists led by the “Extinction Rebellion” movement blockaded several roadways throughout Washington to “Shut Down DC” traffic and draw attention to climate change.
Video by Ford Fischer
One cluster gathered at 16th and K (one block south of the White house) where they chained their arms together inside of metal polls attacked to a boat. “Rebel for Life” was written on the boat, whose tires were slashed on arrival to make towing more difficult.
“We are in the middle of a catastrophic climate emergency” organizer Giovanni Tamacas told News2Share. “If we don’t do anything right now, we’re going to have mass extinction within the next 10 to 20 years.”
Officers covered the activists’ heads with bags and headphones while cutting apart the chains. The protesters were removed, but not formally charged with any crime in the incident.
At Dupont Circle, a second cluster included several activists chaining themselves to the top of ladders to block traffic. Those activists departed willingly when their cluster was joined by the 16th and K group.
Photos by Alejandro Alvarez:
Black Lives Matter Cluster
Black Lives Matter DC joined the “Shut Down DC” coalition Monday morning holding a march of their own against climate change. The group says climate injustice and racial injustice are intertwined, particularly in Southeast Washington DC.
Video by News2Share intern Sameera Rajwade
Black Lives Matter led the Southeast cluster, and activists took hold of an intersection near the Capitol.
Police issued three warnings to disperse activists off the street and ultimately made no arrests.
In addition to demonstrating, Black Lives Matter DC set up a small free blood pressure check clinic at the end of their march route.