Climate Protesters Demanding Lawmakers 'Act Now' Shut Down Times Square

Erica Brosnan
October 10, 2019 - 1:02 pm
Climate Protesters Times Square

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A group of activists demanding immediate action on climate change blocked traffic for hours on Thursday morning in Times Square.

The protest began at around 10 a.m. and forced the closure of busy intersections, including Seventh Avenue and 44th Street, and Broadway and 46th Street.

Protesters wearing life jackets rolled out a green boat on a trailer into the busy traffic hubs and then sat down, refusing to move when officers arrived.

The boat, which had the logo of the activist group Extinction Rebellion, had the words “Act Now” written on it.

Police confirmed to WCBS 880 that 62 activists were arrested on civil disobedience charges. Two hours later, authorities were able to move the boat and clear traffic.

The protest comes just days after the same activist group smeared fake blood all over themselves and Wall Street’s “Charging Bull” statue in lower Manhattan.

Environmental protests have become increasingly frequent in cities around the world as more and more individuals demand global leaders take action on climate change before it is too late.