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Climate Change Activists Halt Traffic in Times Square

Some of the demonstrators carried signs in the shape of orange rescue lifebuoys, with the words, "Save our Future"

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    Dozens Arrested During Times Square Climate Protest

    The group halted traffic at Times Square after bringing a boat to the middle of an intersection, as a means of saying if no action is taken to help fight climate change, the whole area could be soon underwater. NBC New York’s Ida Siegal reports.

    (Published Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019)

    What to Know

    • Climate protesters brought traffic to a standstill in New York City's Times Square on Thursday

    • Members of Extinction Rebellion brought a green boat on a trailer into the busy traffic hub then sat down and refused police orders to move

    • Activists also sought to shut down the airport London City Airport as part of their wave of protests worldwide

    Protesters in New York City brought traffic to a standstill in the city's busiest hub and an activist in London climbed atop a plane as climate change demonstrators entered the fourth day of rallies around the world.

    Protesters transported a green boat on a trailer into Times Square and then sat down and refused police orders to move.

    The boat bore the logo of the activist group Extinction Rebellion, the same group that poured fake blood over the "Charging Bull" sculpture on Wall Street.

    It also had the words "Act Now" written on it and a string of brightly colored flags.

    Climate Protesters Shut Down Traffic in Times Square

    [NY] Climate Protesters Shut Down Traffic in Times Square

    The group Extinction Rebellion brought traffic to a standstill in New York City's Times Square. The climate protesters brought a green boat on a trailer into the busy traffic hub Thursday then sat down and refused police orders to move. Ida Siegal reports.

    (Published Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019)

    Some of the demonstrators carried signs in the shape of orange rescue lifebuoys, with the words, "Save our Future."

    The New York Police Department made dozens of civil disobedience arrests and removed the vessel some time later, which led to re-opened area streets and brought the traffic back to normal.

    In London, a climate change activist scaled a British Airways plane at London City Airport. Extinction Rebellion identified the activist as a former Paralympic cyclist. A video streamed by the group showed the activist clinging to the fuselage.

    British Airways says that customers were booked onto alternative flights to Amsterdam.

    In a separate incident, BBC Newsnight political editor Nicholas Watt tweeted that his flight from London to Dublin had been grounded after a protester stood up to deliver a lecture on climate change just as it was to take off.

    Activists sought to shut down London City Airport on Thursday as part of their wave of protests worldwide.

    26 Arrested in 'Blood'-Soaked Protest on Wall Street

    [NY] 26 Arrested in 'Blood'-Soaked Protest on Wall Street
    A group of climate change protesters doused Wall Street's iconic "Charging Bull" statue with a substance meant to look like blood on Monday, saying the financial community has "blood on its hands."
    (Published Monday, Oct. 7, 2019)

    The environmental protests have been taking place in cities around the world.

    The group got its start in London last year, and has since spread to other countries.

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