WASHINGTON — Seven Greenpeace protesters climbed a 270-foot tall crane at a D.C. construction site blocks from the White House Wednesday morning to protest President Donald Trump. After scaling the crane around 8 a.m., they unfurled a 75-foot by 35-foot banner with the word “RESIST” written on it.
The protesters scaled the crane at 15th and L Streets on behalf of the environmental group in order to send a message to Trump in the wake of his executive actions against the EPA.
Greenpeace spokesman Travis Nichols says the action was a continuation of protests that began with Trump’s inauguration.
The protest comes a day after Trump’s administration moved to delay implementation of at least 30 environmental rules and froze new Environmental Protection Agency contracts and grant awards.
In a statement provided to WUSA 9, activist and Greenpeace Inc. Board Chair Karen Topakian said, “People in this country are ready to resist and rise up in ways they have never done before…Greenpeace has used nonviolence to resist tyrannical bullies since 1971, and we’re not going to stop now.”
“The sun has risen this morning on a new America, but it isn’t Donald Trump’s,” said Pearl Robinson, one of the activists on the crane. “Now is the time to resist.”
Some of the protesters posted to social media from their perch on the crane.
A little after 1 p.m., the protesters appeared to be wrapping up the banner.
Media outlets report that the protesters came down after 10 p.m. and were taken into custody. Police say they are charged with second-degree burglary, unlawful entry and destruction of property.
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