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Greenpeace activists protest by hanging from Fred Hartman Bridge in Houston today – CBS News, CBS News

Greenpeace activists protest by hanging from Fred Hartman Bridge in Houston today – CBS News, CBS News


                                                       

                                                                                                                                   

          

Greenpeace activists were hanging by bungie cords from the Fred Hartman Bridge in Houston in an effort to bring awareness to climate change by blocking the Houston Ship Channel. The protest, which comes hours a Democratic presidential debate, led to the closure of part of the channel, the Coast Guard said.

“We’re in Houston shutting down the largest oil export channel in the country to resist Trump & the oil industry for fueling this #ClimateCrisis. It’s time to end the age of oil. #PeopleVsOil” Greenpeace USA posted onTwitter.

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Environmental activists affiliated with the organization Greenpeace dangle off the Fred Hartman Bridge in Houston in an act of protest on Sept. 12, 2019.                                                    KHOU                                     

According toCBS News affiliate KHOU,11 activists are suspended from below the bridge with flags. KHOU reports sheriff’s deputies confirmed that they would not attempt to force a rescue or remove the activists unless they become a safety or health hazard, as they don’t want to risk lives.

The activists are expected to face multiple charges once they conclude their protest, including obstructing the roadway and obstructing the waterway. Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzaleztweeted outthat his office “is aware of a public demonstration currently underway at the Fred Hartman bridge in East Harris County. “

    

@ HCSOTexasis aware of a public demonstration currently underway at the Fred Hartman bridge in East Harris County. We are actively monitoring the situation with other public safety partners.# HouNewspic.twitter.com/l2m1SweK0N

— Ed Gonzalez (@SheriffEd_HCSO) (September) , 2019

  

A Greenpeace spokesperson told KHOU that the activists “have food and water, plus proper training” in order to hang suspended for an extended period of time. Greenpeace’s official Twitter account has tweeted out support for the protesters,urging othersto “join the action with us!”

The protest comes as the top Democraticpresidential primary candidatesare in Houston tonight for the third Democratic debate

            

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