03 Sep '11, 9pm

1,252 Peaceful Protesters Arrested Opposing Tar Sands Pipeline at the White House

Today marked the final day in the two week-long marathon of tar sands pipeline protests outside the White House. In all, 1,252 scientists, authors, farmers, activists, students, grandmothers, indigenous people, religious leaders -- you name it -- were arrested out in front of Barack Obama's residence. The arrested include top NASA scientist Dr. James Hansen, actress Daryl Hannah, and the author Naomi Klein. Over 240 more were arrested today alone; organizers believe the Obama administration's decision to cancel the highly anticipated tightening of clean air standards helped drive the high turnout. An energetic rally celebrating the end of the weeks of protest was also held today, drawing hundreds more. The day's events included speeches from Bill McKibben and Naomi Klein, some human aerial art, and some good ol' fashioned call-and-response protest chanting from the crowd. ...

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