Greenpeace unfurls banner near White House

2017-01-25 18:23
Greenpeace protesters unfurl a banner that reads "Resist" at the construction site of the former Washington Post building, near the White House in Washington. (Andrew Harnik, AP)

Greenpeace protesters unfurl a banner that reads "Resist" at the construction site of the former Washington Post building, near the White House in Washington. (Andrew Harnik, AP)

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Washington - Greenpeace activists unfurled a large banner with the word "Resist" from a construction crane blocks from the White House Wednesday to protest against President Donald Trump.

The environmental group said on its Facebook page that the gesture targets what it called Trump's climate denial, racism, misogyny, homophobia, and bigotry.

Seven activists clambered up the crane and hung from it the 20m by 10m banner with "Resist" in black against a yellow background.

They remained up there as of mid-morning, Greenpeace said.

The banner was visible from the White House residence.

"People in this country are ready to resist and rise up in ways they have never done before," said Greenpeace Inc. Board chair Karen Topakian.

"While Trump's disdain and disrespect for our democratic institutions scare me, I am so inspired by the multi-generational movement of progress that is growing in every state. Greenpeace has used nonviolence to resist tyrannical bullies since 1971, and we're not going to stop now," Topakian added.

"The sun has risen this morning on a new America, but it isn't Donald Trump's," said Pearl Robinson, one of the activists who unfurled the banner.

"I fear not only the policies of the incoming administration, but also the people emboldened by this election to commit acts of violence and hate. Now is the time to resist," Robinson said.

The stretch of Washington's 15th Street where the crane is located has been closed to traffic.

"We received a call for people being disorderly at 15th and L. We came and there were two people chained to the crane. There is a possibility of seven people up there protesting," said police spokesperson Aquita Brown.

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