Greenpeace rolls out the latest act of resistance to the Illegitimate Chump…
A few minutes ago, Greenpeace activists climbed a construction crane a block from the Whites Only House and unfurled a banner more than 200′ up visible over wide swats of the city.
Good Morning, Chump!
Seven activists who D.C. police said are affiliated with Greenpeace climbed a construction crane in downtown Washington on Wednesday morning, snarling traffic and bringing work on a new office building to a halt.
At least two protesters had attached themselves to the crane, police said, while others were on the outstreched arm, or jib, attempting to unfurl a banner 270 feet over the site at 15th and L streets Northwest.
At times, two protesters were dangling from the jib, apparently using safety harnesses.
Dozens of onlookers gathered at the scene, clutching coffee cups and peering upward.
D.C. Police Capt. Robert Glover, of the Special Operations Team, said investigators talked with at least one of the demonstrators. He would not describe how, nor would he say if anything had been discussed. Glover said police are in contact with Greenpeace.
“Safety is our primary concern,” Glover said, adding that police are in contact with the U.S. attorney’s office to determine possible criminal charges.
The protesters were first noticed about 6 a.m., and by 9 a.m. Glover said there was no immediate attempt to have police and firefighters climb the crane and remove the protesters.
“Time is on our side,” Glover said.
Greenpeace is an international environmental group known for activism that sometimes involves confronting authorities and companies.
Cassady Sharp, a spokeswoman for Greenpeace, said the 35-foot by 75-foot banner reads “Resist.” She said the site was chosen because it is near the White House — it’s about one-half mile away — “to send a message to the people who are feeling discouraged after just a few days of [President] Trump’s administration.”
Specifically, Sharp said the protest is targeting Trump’s signatures on executive orders Tuesday signaling support for the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines. She said the demonstrators “are going to stay up there for as long as they can to make sure their message is heard.”
Sharp said the group hopes the banner can be seen from the White House, and that the protest location was “chosen for its visual value.” She said the demonstrators who climbed the crane are from all over the country, including San Francisco, Brooklyn and around Washington.