Oh, Wow: Climate Change Protesters Arrested After Supergluing Themselves to Tunnels Under Capitol

Monica Sanchez | July 24, 2019

A group of climate change protesters were arrested Tuesday evening after supergluing themselves to doorways to block lawmakers on Capitol Hill from doing their jobs.

The Guardian reports,

Just after 6pm, six activists stood in doorways to a tunnel connecting the Cannon office building to the US Capitol in an attempt to prevent members of Congress attending an evening vote.

A total of 17 activists were arrested and charged with crowding and obstructing, according to US Capitol police. Several were also charged with defacing public property.

Demonstrators said their goal was to force a House and Senate concurrent resolution on the climate emergency – currently on hold – to receive immediate attention.

According to The Guardian, the protesters, members of the D.C. chapter of a U.K.-based group called Extinction Rebellion, used Gorilla Glue to fasten their hands to the doors -- and each other.

Fox News reports that the protesters face charges of crowding, obstructing, or incommoding, with some also being charged with defacing public property.

The group on its website warns of “an unprecedented global emergency” and being “in the midst of a mass extinction of our own making.”

They tweeted photos and video of the demonstration, demanding members of Congress declare a “climate emergency now!”

(Photos: Extinction Rebellion / Twitter)