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Climate change protesters snarl rush-hour traffic in NYC

A group of climate protesters snarled rush-hour traffic on the FDR Drive and West Side Highway Monday morning.

All northbound lanes of the FDR Drive were closed at Jackson Street as of around 8:30 a.m, according to cops and an emergency alert.

About a dozen demonstrators, from the group Extinction Rebellion NYC, used their cars to slow traffic to a halt and then got out and chained themselves to one another, video posted by journalist Scootercaster shows.

They held signs demanding, “Enough is enough,” “Act now,” and “Biden lead or we will drown.”

“Dear commuters: we are interrupting traffic this morning not to annoy you, but to force the public to confront the true dangers of unchecked climate change,” the group tweeted. “If we do not act today, if @potus does not act today, NYC will be underwater by 2100. It’s a matter of life and death.”

Climate change protesters form a blockade against rush-hour traffic on the FDR Drive by Cherry St.
Climate change protesters form a blockade against rush-hour traffic on the FDR Drive by Cherry St.
Robert Mecea
The remnants of traffic on the northbound lanes of the FDR highway. (pictured) Approximately 20 - 30 people were protesting the lack of government action on climate change today.
Gridlock traffic remained on the northbound lanes of the FDR Drive amid the climate change protests on October 25, 2021.
Gregory P. Mango

The group also shut down all southbound lanes of 12th Avenue at West 34th Street, but those lanes had reopened by just before 10 a.m. 

Video shows a truck driver revving his engine at the assembled protesters.

One of the demonstrators is shown banging on the window and yelling, “What kind of an a–hole are you?”

Climate change protesters form a blockade against rush-hour traffic on the FDR Drive by Cherry St.
Protesters demanded commuters to “confront the true dangers of unchecked climate change.”
Robert Mecea

Police could not immediately confirm any arrests.




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