Hundreds of protesters protesting against action on climate change have been arrested in DC this week.
Protesters with climate change-focused protest groups gathered around the district on Thursday with large banners and fake oil as part of ongoing protests against a perceived lack of action on the issue of climate change.
The Extinction Rebellion protest is one of many in a week-long series of climate protests that have led to more than 300 arrests so far this week.
Protesters hoisted banners and spray-painted fake oil on the facade of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which houses one of the largest lobby groups in the United States. The banners depicted proverbs such as “Welcome to the Chamber of Climate Costs” and “Your Business Costs the Earth.”
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In a statement, the group said it wanted companies that have pledged to limit their environmental impact to stop their affiliation with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, as the lobby group has ties to major oil companies.
“[Extinction Rebellion] calls on member companies to abandon this planet-destroying organization and stand with citizens who are fighting for the only home of our species. These members must leave an organization that puts corporate wealth above human health and destroys life on earth in the process, ”said Reilly Polka, a spokeswoman for the group, in a statement.
Similar protests were held in government buildings around DC, including the Department of the Interior.
An Interior Ministry spokesman said a group of protesters rushed to the lobby, injuring at least one security officer, who was taken to a nearby hospital. Police and protesters encountered outside the building, and a spokesman for the protest group accused served to have used stun guns for more unarmed protesters.
Interior Minister Deb Haaland was not in the building at the time.
“The Interior Ministry leadership strongly believes in respecting and upholding the right to freedom of expression and peaceful protest,” Melissa Schwartz, a spokeswoman for Haaland, said in a statement. “Centering the votes of legitimate protesters is and will continue to be an important foundation of our democracy. It is also our duty to keep everyone safe. We will continue to do everything we can to de-escalate the situation, while respecting the rights to the first amendment. ”
About 50 people were arrested in the protest.
Demonstrations were also held at the President Andrew Jackson statue near the White House, displaying a banner with “Expect Us” – which is part of a rallying cry used by indigenous women protesting against the extension of line 3 – Minnesota oil pipeline.
Protesters demanded a halt to fossil fuel projects, such as the expansion of Line 3 and the construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline. Groups also called for the abolition of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the return of Native American lands.
WTOP’s Alejandro Alvarez and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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