Climate Activists Get Arrested For ‘Bloodying’ Wall Street’s ‘Charging Bull’
By Thanussha Priyah, 08 Oct 2019
Image via astudio / Shutterstock.com
The Charging Bull statue on Wall Street was left tainted on Monday morning by members of the Extinction Rebellion group during an environmental protest.
The rally was one of many coordinated by the British-based organization on Monday across 60 cities.
Around 11am, protesters were gathered at Wall Street and went over to the sculpture, waving a green flag emblazoned with the group’s symbol. They then splattered the statue with fake blood.
After smearing the bull red, the activists staged a “die-in” as protesters splashed in fake blood laid beneath the bull.
The group previously pointed its finger at methane-filled cow farts for being a significant contributor to global warming.
However, the New York organizers claim that the bull was targeted because it stood for capitalism.
“Throwing blood on the bull is tying climate change directly back to the financial industry, which is financing fossil-fuel infrastructure,” organizer Christina See declared.
The group brought along mops, which they used to remove the artificial blood dripping from the bronze sculpture to the floor.
“We’re not here to destroy things,” See defended.
The incident led to around 90 arrests by the New York police department for civil disobedience. See confirmed that around 30 people were cuffed during the “funeral” march toward Washington Square Park.
However, there was a change in tone by midday, as the park transformed into a fair with booths set up for food, music performances and puppet shows with information on climate change.
WATCH: A protester with an Extinction Rebellion flag climbed the Charging Bull in the Financial District, Manhattan. pic.twitter.com/NKhXiPxKQR— Citizen New York (@CitizenAppNYC) October 7, 2019
Charging Bull covered with fake blood - by protestors of Extinction Rebellion NYC - and held a “die-in” to show severity of climate crisis pic.twitter.com/897Pxlp0DF— Hope King (@lisahopeking) October 7, 2019
The protestors’ clean up crew now pic.twitter.com/nMgyfPytmn— Hope King (@lisahopeking) October 7, 2019
[via New York Post, images via astudio / Shutterstock.com]
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