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Climate activists protesting against fossil fuels blocked commuter traffic in Boston on Wednesday morning, leading to several people being taken into custody by state police.
Organizers told local media they would be taking to the streets at 7 a.m. local time, according to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. A few minutes after that time, the cops were already making arrests.
“We are monitoring protesters who announced their intention to block traffic this morning. We recently arrested five of them on the Leverett Circle ramp at Route 93 in Boston,” police tweeted. from Massachusetts State at 7:04 a.m. “We will continue to monitor potential protest activity throughout Greater Boston.”
Among the protesters was former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, who tweeted from the Boston Post Office plaza.
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“Join us in the Post Office Square NOW. Tell the Governor and the Legislature there are no new fossil fuels!” she says
According to local newspaper Boston25 News, the climate change protest was organized by the group Extinction Rebellion Boston. The organization apologized for the inconvenience in a Facebook post explaining why it was protesting.
“Regarding today’s disruption: We are sorry. This is an emergency and we need your attention. We demand that Massachusetts prohibit new fossil fuel infrastructure,” said the group Wednesday morning. The post included images that included a lengthy statement of their goals.
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“Our demand today is simple: Massachusetts must stop installing new fossil fuel infrastructure,” they said. “New natural gas-fired power plants (e.g. Peabody Peaker), pipelines and hookups hurt frontline communities. They are also costly to the taxpayer, as the infrastructure is designed to last for decades, well beyond the mandatory zero-carbon timeline of 2050.”
Fox News reached out to Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s office for comment, but they did not immediately respond.
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Extinction Rebellion Boston’s statement went on to say that they planned the protest after previously using “petitions, letters to Congress, and other conventional campaigns” to get their message across.
“They didn’t work. Nonviolent disruptive action is the only tool we have left to force our governments to act to prevent the collapse of our biosphere,” they said.