Activists shut down traffic in Washington, D.C. as U.N. climate summit gets underway

www.cbsnews.com | 9/23/2019 | Staff
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Climate activists blocked major intersections in Washington, D.C. early Monday morning in a show of protest ahead of this week's United Nation's climate summit in New York City. More than 60 countries will attend the summit, which begins today, and activists are seeking to pressure U.S. lawmakers and other world leaders to create legislation that will address climate change.

The protest, called Shut Down DC, is loosely associated with the Metro D.C. chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America and Black Lives Matter D.C. According to Reuters, nearly 1,150 people had signed up for the protests on a dedicated web site by Sunday night.

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Environmental activists gather to protest to shut down the city during global climate action week on September 23, 2019 in Washington,DC.

"We hope with by our actions on Monday, we can raise public awareness of this issue and understand it's just not going to be taken as business as usual, that we need some drastic action on climate change issues in the relatively near future," said a spokesman for Shut Down D.C., Mike Golash, according to CBS News affiliate WUSA.

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The protests in Washington, D.C. were scheduled to take place on Monday in Farragut Square, Columbus Circle, Folger Park, and Hancock Park. Protesters blocked several major thoroughfares in the nation's capital and some chained themselves to a sailboat at the intersection of 16th and K Streets, CBS News' Julia Boccagno reported. The boat was later towed away.

Metro D.C. police said in a statement that they are prepared for Monday's event: "MPD is aware of the assembly. In regards to public safety planning, MPD does not discuss...
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