The seven environmental activists who climbed a 270-foot construction crane just blocks away from the White House Wednesday — and unfurled a banner that read “Resist” in protest of President Donald Trump — have been taken into custody and arrested, police said.
“Due to the extreme danger of the situation, the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) monitored the situation until the protesters descended from the crane at 10:04 pm,” the Metropolitan Police Department said in a statement. “At that time, seven individuals were detained and taken into custody. These individuals are charged with Second Degree Burglary, Unlawful Entry, and Destruction of Property.”
The environmental group Greenpeace USA tweeted that the protesters — who occupied the crane for 14 hours — were members of the organization. “The 7 Greenpeace climbers that deployed a massive “RESIST” banner above the White House are heading down from the crane #ResistOften,” the group tweeted Wednesday evening. It also posted a video, saying the the event was intended to “send a message to Trump.”
The police statement said the protesters “illegally obtained access to a construction site by breaking the locks.”
They were arrested on the scene and are facing charges of second-degree burglary, unlawful entry and destruction of property.
In a separate matter Greenpeace is currently battling a Canadian company which has been tormented for years by Greenpeace. Last year, Resolute Forestry Products (RFP) filed a R.I.C.O claim against Greenpeace including Greenpeace Inc. The Chairman of Greenpeace Inc. Karen Topakian, was among the climbers was arrested and charged.
Statement made by Greenpeace lawyers to the Georgia court claiming trying to dismiss the motion wrote,
” First, Greenpeace’s publications are well-known for advancing the organization’s advocacy mission and opinions, not hard news…” [italics added].
This is a remarkable admission for an organization that claims of scientific. In other words, Greenpeace has opinions. And opinions, are like Larry the Cable Guy or your next door neighbor. Everyone has one.
“MPD respects everyone’s right to protest, however, today’s actions are extremely dangerous and unlawful,” police said. “Multiple government resources were tied up, and streets were blocked while first responders attempted to safely address this matter.”