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Climate activists ramp up protests from Greenwich Village to FiDi

BY JEFFERSON SIEGEL | Extinction Rebellion, an environmental movement calling on governments worldwide to head off impending climate disaster, is known for its civil disobedience tactics.

The march passed Fulton Street as it proceeded down Broadway. (Photo by © Jefferson Siegel)
(Photo by © Jefferson Siegel)

This month, in which Earth Day falls on the 22nd, the group has already held several rallies and marches as part of its Spring 2022 Uprising. Last Friday marchers paraded through Midtown demanding the media pay more attention to the disastrous effects of climate change. Then, on Saturday more than 100 people marched from Washington Square Park to Madison Square Park. After a line of protesters blocked traffic, 13 people were arrested.

Marchers blocked traffic on lower Broadway by the “Charging Bull” statue. (Photo by © Jefferson Siegel)
Police officers from the Strategic Response Group moved in to clear away the protesters. (Photo by © Jefferson Siegel)

On Monday various groups calling for an end to war, nuclear weapons and the destructive greed of oil companies joined a march from Federal Plaza to the iconic “Charging Bull” statue. There they erected two structures on Broadway, blocking traffic for an hour. Almost a dozen people were arrested.

Two tripod barricades were hastily erected to block traffic on lower Broadway. (Photo by © Jefferson Siegel)
Performance art called attention to the greed and death caused by fossil fuels. (Photo by © Jefferson Siegel)
Police arrested protesters who were blocking traffic. (Photo by © Jefferson Siegel)
About a dozen protesters were arrested and put into a police van. (Photo by © Jefferson Siegel)

The events in New York coincided with events in cities worldwide, including large actions in Paris and London.

The group plans to hold a daily Extinction Rebellion Festival in Washington Square Park this week from Tuesday to Friday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.


  1. Jefferson Jefferson April 20, 2022

    Clayton and John: Honored to receive such high praise from two legends of the East Village. Thank you.

  2. John Penley John Penley April 20, 2022

    Ditto to Clayton comment.

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