BOSTON - Boston police arrested roughly two dozen climate change protesters on Friday evening who refused to leave the Massachusetts State House.
Prior to the arrests, hundreds of protesters made their way to the State House from Copley Plaza to voice their concerns in regards to climate change, urging state lawmakers to act fast when it comes to the bill Green New Deal that was proposed by Sen. Ed Markey and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Corteza. The bill is a commitment to 100% clean renewable energy by the year 2030.
Activists line up outside Gov. Baker's office demanding climate change legislation to be passed into law pic.twitter.com/bWl8qmefcu— Christopher Williams (@chrisdubbs31) December 6, 2019
Following the close of the State House for the day, the demonstrators told officers they would not be leaving and were well aware that they would be arrested. Those arrested were charged with trespassing in a state building, a misdemeanor offense according to the state police, per NECN.
“We have a bill on green infrastructure, 100 percent renewable energy and environmental justice. And we want these bills moved out of committee and into law,” said Casey Greenleaf, who was protesting with Sunrise Movement, a youth-led political movement group.
As shared by WCVB, most of the youth protesters are concerned that the climate changes are irreversible.
“People are saying we only have 11 years,” Cleo Blanding, a Brookline seventh-grader, shared during the protest. “So yeah. I'm pretty scared.”
Among the more than two dozen protesters, 15 women and 12 men were booked on trespassing charges. They were all taken into custody without incident and released on $40 bail. The individuals are due to expected to appear in Boston Municipal Court sometime next week.
"The dispersal of the majority of the demonstrators and the refusal by the 27 to comply was peaceful," state police said. "The arrests were made without incident."
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