Extinction Rebellion Shuts Down Times Square as Climate Activists Superglue Themselves to a Boat
Web ExclusiveOctober 10, 2019
Dozens of protesters were arrested Thursday morning after shutting down an intersection in the heart of Times Square as part of a climate action organized by Extinction Rebellion. Members of the group parked an 18-foot boat in the intersection as dozens of protesters rushed in to sit around the boat, while others superglued and handcuffed themselves to the boat. The boat was intended to represent the climate refugee crisis, and protesters carried flags of some of the countries most vulnerable to rising sea levels and climate disasters. According to an Extinction Rebellion spokesperson, this action had been in the works for months, and it is part of a coordinated series of global mobilizations taking place October 7 to 11. Extinction Rebellion also rallied earlier in the morning outside of the Fox News headquarters — but it was merely a diversion in order to execute the larger demonstration in Times Square. Earlier this week, nearly 90 activists were arrested after staging a die-in on Wall Street, pouring fake blood on the iconic bull statue by the New York Stock Exchange.