Police identify 15 arrested in connection with climate protests that blocked Boston streets

A group of climate activists in Boston blocked several major traffic routes in the city on Wednesday in an effort to raise attention to the “climate emergency” and to pressure Massachusetts lawmakers to ban new fossil-fuel infrastructure. Boston and state police took at least 15 people into custody after demonstrations throughout the city during the morning commute. Extinction Rebellion Boston protesters gathered at 7 am on Summer Street, where they sat in the middle of the street. “We’re out here blocking traffic because the state is not taking appropriate action base on the scientific evidence that is out there,” activist Eleanor Larson said. reportedly planned to use to block traffic. “This is a climate emergency, and we are sorry for the inconvenience, but we are just sleepwalking into disaster,” said Susan Lemont, press spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion in Boston. “We just want everyone to wake up and finally take action and not have any more fossil fuel hookups.” Dozens of protesters who gathered in Post Office Square marched through the Seaport to Summer Street. Some were carrying signs that read, “Stop the Fossil Fuel Industry Now.” “We wish that we didn’t have to inconvenience people like this, but unfortunately, sometimes, civil disobedience — loud civil disobedience — is the only way to get folks to listen. A lot of people aren’t aware (of) how to say the situation is,” organizer Teddy O’Hea said. “We understand that we interrupted your life today, and we know that your life is important. That is why we are fighting to protect it, and all lives, before we run out of time,” the group posted on Facebook. Boston police said they arrested 10 people in connection with the morning protests. Their names were not released. Massachusetts State Police said troopers arrested five activists who were in the middle of the roadway on the Leverett Circle Connector. Joseph Rogers, 55, of Lyndeborough, New Hampshire; Grant Rockett, 64, of Jamaica Plain; Mark Dugan, 54, of Newton; Jennifer Smith, 48, of Watertown; and Mary Hansen, 67, of Jamaica Plain; are charged with trespassing on state property, disorderly conduct and conspiracy to commit a crime. Boston police said officers arrested Perry Thomas Krasow, 62, of Waltham; Nicholas Gardner Bryant, 32, of Boston; Allen Patrick McGonagil, 32, of Somerville; Andrew Reginald Iliff, 41, of Jamaica Plain; Paul Shannon, 75, of Somerville; Benjamin Standish Hayward, 24, of Vermont; Samantha Hayward, 23, of Vermont; John Reynolds Burkhardt, 56, of Arlington; and William Christopher Regan, 43, of California, on a charge of disorderly conduct. Maria Luisa Ogden, 60, of Vermont, was also arrested for failure to submit. Troopers also seized two vehicles that the trespassers had parked in two separate travel lanes to block traffic at the busy intersection, police said. One of those vehicles was carrying three 55-gallon steel drum barrels with holes cut into them and pipes running through the holes, a device known as a “sleeping dragon.” A “sleeping dragon” is an improvised device made by protestors to secure themselves together, with their arms fed through a pipe or tube that runs through barrels through holes cut into them. Generally, a protesters hands are then locked to the hands of those next to them inside the barrels, to form a roadblock consisting of a connected series of protestors and barrels. Police said the seizure of the “sleeping dragons” prevented the protestors from chaining themselves together in the devices to block traffic at the busy intersection, which is used by motorists connecting to and from the Tobin Bridge, Interstate 93, Storrow Drive, Nashua Street and Charles River Dam Road. Boson Mayor Michelle Wu, who has pressed for tougher regulations to fight climate change, said the city is working hard to address the issue.”You know, I hear the urgency that so many activists feel, and we are working as hard as we can every single day to make sure that the city of Boston is moving fast. Public safety and being able to ensure that everyone is safe on our roads is a really important priority, so I know we were able to resolve that this morning,” Wu said. Extinction Rebellion Boston issued its advisory Tuesday under an embargo, which is a request that the announcement not be publicized until the event occurs. However, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation issued a public warning about the planned protest. While embargo requests are common between news outlets and public relations professionals, they are typically agreed to by both parties and do not include threats of widespread disruption. Most recently, members of Extinction Rebellion blocked traffic along Tremont Street during the height of rush hour on the afternoon of Aug. 2. Video from the scene showed between one and two dozen protesters lying in the street near the intersection with Park Street, holding protest signs and flags. Traffic along the busy stretch of road just down the street from the Massachusetts State House was shut down by the protesters. On April 25, 2021, Extinction Rebellion activists used a 30-foot pink boat to block the Massachusetts Turnpike entrance near Newbury Street. Five months later, eight people affiliated with Extinction Rebellion were arrested after chaining themselves to a pink boat stenciled with the words “Climate Emergency” that was parked near Gov. Charlie Baker’s home in Swampscott.

A group of climate activists in Boston blocked several major traffic routes in the city on Wednesday in an effort to raise attention to the “climate emergency” and to pressure Massachusetts lawmakers to ban new fossil-fuel infrastructure.

Boston and state police took at least 15 people into custody after demonstrations throughout the city during the morning commute.

Extinction Rebellion Boston protesters gathered at 7 am on Summer Street, where they sat in the middle of the street.

“We’re out here blocking traffic because the state is not taking appropriate action base on the scientific evidence that is out there,” activist Eleanor Larson said.

Members of the group appeared to have a sport utility vehicle loaded with large pink barrels that they reportedly planned to use to block traffic.

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“This is a climate emergency, and we are sorry for the inconvenience, but we are just sleepwalking into disaster,” said Susan Lemont, press spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion in Boston. “We just want everyone to wake up and finally take action and not have any more fossil fuel hookups.”

Dozens of protesters who gathered in Post Office Square marched through the Seaport to Summer Street. Some were carrying signs that read, “Stop the Fossil Fuel Industry Now.”

“We wish that we didn’t have to inconvenience people like this, but unfortunately, sometimes, civil disobedience — loud civil disobedience — is the only way to get folks to listen. A lot of people aren’t aware (of) how to say the situation is,” organizer Teddy O’Hea said.

“We understand that we interrupted your life today, and we know that your life is important. That is why we are fighting to protect it, and all lives, before we run out of time,” the group posted on Facebook.

Boston police said they arrested 10 people in connection with the morning protests. Their names were not released.

Massachusetts State Police said troopers arrested five activists who were in the middle of the roadway on the Leverett Circle Connector.

Joseph Rogers, 55, of Lyndeborough, New Hampshire; Grant Rockett, 64, of Jamaica Plain; Mark Dugan, 54, of Newton; Jennifer Smith, 48, of Watertown; and Mary Hansen, 67, of Jamaica Plain; are charged with trespassing on state property, disorderly conduct and conspiracy to commit a crime.

Boston police said officers arrested Perry Thomas Krasow, 62, of Waltham; Nicholas Gardner Bryant, 32, of Boston; Allen Patrick McGonagil, 32, of Somerville; Andrew Reginald Iliff, 41, of Jamaica Plain; Paul Shannon, 75, of Somerville; Benjamin Standish Hayward, 24, of Vermont; Samantha Hayward, 23, of Vermont; John Reynolds Burkhardt, 56, of Arlington; and William Christopher Regan, 43, of California, on a charge of disorderly conduct. Maria Luisa Ogden, 60, of Vermont, was also arrested for failure to submit.

    Troopers also seized two vehicles that the trespassers had parked in two separate travel lanes to block traffic at the busy intersection, police said. One of those vehicles was carrying three 55-gallon steel drum barrels with holes cut into them and pipes running through the holes, a device known as a “sleeping dragon.”

    A “sleeping dragon” is an improvised device made by protestors to secure themselves together, with their arms fed through a pipe or tube that runs through barrels through holes cut into them. Generally, a protesters hands are then locked to the hands of those next to them inside the barrels, to form a roadblock consisting of a connected series of protestors and barrels.

    Police said the seizure of the “sleeping dragons” prevented the protestors from chaining themselves together in the devices to block traffic at the busy intersection, which is used by motorists connecting to and from the Tobin Bridge, Interstate 93, Storrow Drive, Nashua Street and Charles River Dam Road.

    Boson Mayor Michelle Wu, who has pressed for tougher regulations to fight climate change, said the city is working hard to address the issue.

    “You know, I hear the the urgency that so many activists feel, and we are working as hard as we can every single day to make sure that the city of Boston is moving fast. Public safety and being able to ensure that everyone is safe on our roads is a really important priority, so I know we were able to resolve that this morning,” Wu said.

    Extinction Rebellion Boston issued its advisory Tuesday under an embargo, which is a request that the announcement not be publicized until the event occurs. However, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation issued a public warning about the planned protest.

    While embargo requests are common between news outlets and public relations professionals, they are typically agreed to by both parties and do not include threats of widespread disruption.

    Most recently, members of Extinction Rebellion blocked traffic along Tremont Street during the height of rush hour on the afternoon of Aug. 2. Video from the scene showed between one and two dozen protesters lying in the street near the intersection with Park Street, holding protest signs and flags. Traffic along the busy stretch of road just down the street from the Massachusetts State House was shut down by the protesters.

    On April 25, 2021, Extinction Rebellion activists used a 30-foot pink boat to block the Massachusetts Turnpike entrance near Newbury Street.

    Five months later, eight people affiliated with Extinction Rebellion were arrested after chaining themselves to a pink boat stenciled with the words “Climate Emergency” that was parked near Gov. Charlie Baker’s home in Swampscott.

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