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1,000+ protest corporate ties to climate crisis

1,000+ protest corporate ties to climate crisis
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More than 1,000 people marched through lower Manhattan Monday protesting what they say is Wall Street’s role in the climate crisis.

Reminiscent of the Occupy Wall Street protests, the #FloodWallStreet campaign is intended to be a peaceful sit-in that targets “corporate polluters and those profiting from the fossil fuel industry.”

“Many of us were also involved with Occupy Wall Street,” Michael Premo, an organizer of Flood Wall Street, said in a pres release. “Just like the financial crisis, the climate crisis is a product of an underlying political crisis. It’s the result of policies that serve the shortsighted interests of the few over the survival and well being of everyone.” 

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A number of participants were arrested, according to reports on Twitter. The group that led the demonstration said “hundreds” were risking arrest. Multiple reports said organizers did not have a permit for the rally.

Supporters were instructed to wear blue to represent rising sea levels as a result of climate change.

The protest comes a day after several hundred thousand people marched through New York City in what was considered the largest demonstration ever highlighting the effects of climate change. 

The climate-focused events come on the heels of the United Nations Climate Summit on Tuesday as the organization convenes for the General Assembly.

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