Climate change activists in Washington D.C. are looking to “shut down” the city as a message to the city’s lawmakers.
The group spread across the city’s network of busied roadways and intersections, blocking several of them by filling pedestrian crosswalks with group members.
USA Today reports Shut Down DC is intending to “disrupt the systems that created and perpetuate the climate crisis.”
Amtrak sent out a tweet on Sunday evening cautioning its users to expect some delays on Monday morning due to the protests.
“ADVISORY: Amtrak customers using Washington, D.C. (WAS) Union Station tomorrow (9/23) should allow extra time because of planned protests and expected traffic issues. The H Street parking structure is a good alternate access point,” the company said in a tweet.
ADVISORY: Amtrak customers using Washington, D.C. (WAS) Union Station tomorrow (9/23) should allow extra time because of planned protests and expected traffic issues. The H Street parking structure is a good alternate access point.
— Amtrak (@Amtrak) September 22, 2019
Here’s more from USA Today:
Before 8 a.m., major intersections like K and 16th Streets NW and New York Avenue at Florida Avenue NE and at North Capitol Street had been blocked by the protests.
Videos posted on social media showed demonstrators waving flags and tied to cars donned with banners that had messages like “ROAD CLOSED CLIMATE EMERGENCY” in the middle of major intersections. Photos showed a boat in the middle of one intersection.
Police in D.C. said they were responding to multiple intersections. D.C.’s bus system also reported delays due to the protests.
The group said on its website that demonstrators would meet early Monday at four locations across the city, which are near high volume intersections, busy metro lines and Union Station.
According to the report and several social media photos and videos, the group achieved their goal of blocking several roadways and disrupting the city’s traffic patterns. Local law enforcement was able to tow some of the vehicles used to blockade the streets.
Check it out:
— Nick Brana (@nick_brana) September 23, 2019
We've completely blocked the streets by the Capitol. This disruption is temporary—but the climate crisis is permanent. We're here because we need the leaders in that building to wake up and start acting like our house is on fire. Because it is. #ShutDownDC pic.twitter.com/sTdlW2oclE
— 350 DC (@350_DC) September 23, 2019
— Rising Tide NA (@RisingTideNA) September 23, 2019
The Climate Anarchists have K St in DC blocked off (small crowd) pic.twitter.com/8Zo6qk3XQJ
— Jon Nicosia (@NewsPolitics) September 23, 2019
#BREAKING: Activists w Extinction Rebellion shut down intersection of 16th & K in Washington, DC by parking a sailboat in the street.
— Unicorn Riot (@UR_Ninja) September 23, 2019
— Ben Nichols (@benrnichols) September 23, 2019
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— Cam Edwards (@CamEdwards) September 23, 2019