Four Greenpeace activists, along with three others, were arrested Friday afternoon while attempting to illegally scale the Trump Tower in downtown Chicago to put up a banner protesting the Trump administration’s stance on global warming.
Chicago Police described the incident as a “disturbance “ as five males and two females were taken into custody a little past 1:30 p.m. in the 400 block of North Wabash. The offenders are likely to face charges “for possible damage to property and trespassing.“
Greenpeace also sent a statement almost half an hour past 1 p.m. that their activists are at Trump International Hotel in downtown Chicago, preparing “to send a message that the Trump Administration can’t ignore. “
The environmental organization said in a statement: “They are pulling a large banner from the ground to the giant ‘TRUMP ‘ letters on the building.”
The activists managed to raise the banner with the words “RESIST DEFEND” about five stories before the police arrested those involved.
Greenpeace sent a follow-up statement where they said that four of their members raised the 50-by-35-foot banner “but were detained before they could lock it into place.“
Greenpeace said that their action is meant to protest the Trump administration’s move to ignore the “science of climate change “ and its decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement.
This is not the first time that Greenpeace tried to pull off such publicity-attracting stunt. In January this year, Greenpeace activists also tried to hang ‘resist’ banner in a crane near the White House. The protesters in the said incident were also arrested and charged.
In May this year, activists from Greenpeace also unfurled a giant banner saying “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity “ and “resist “ from the Eiffel Tower in Paris to protest the program of then far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen.
The Paris’ town hall, however, denounced the stunt of Greenpeace as “unacceptable” and cast into question security at such a top and iconic tourist landmark visited by millions from across the globe. The town hall condemned that the place being a common asset of Parisians and all French was used for “political ends. “