Greenpeace Activists - Including Rappellers - Demonstrate Near UN
NEW YORK (AP) _ Greenpeace activists protesting U.S. environmental policy demonstrated Thursday outside the United Nations, and two climbers rappelled down part of a 40-story hotel with a banner.
Police reported at least six arrests.
The protest was aimed at the Bush administration’s position on climate change, specifically its refusal to accept targets for reductions in so-called greenhouse gases.
Final negotiations began Thursday at the United Nations in preparation for the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro this June.
The demonstration by about 200 people began with 40 people climbing over the fence surrounding the United Nations and handcuffing themselves to the fence and flagpoles, said police Detective Joseph McConville.
At about the same time, a man and woman rappelled down the U.N. Plaza Hotel.
The climbers, identified by Greenpeace as Kerry Fahy and Nelson Hoffman, both 28 and from Washington, D.C., pushed off from the roof, paused and partly unfurled a 35-by-60-foot banner that read: ″Bush: Heat Up the Economy, Not the Planet - Cut C-O-2 Now 3/8″ CO2 is the chemical abbreviation for carbon dioxide.
They had descended about 12 stories when police pulled them in through windows.
Four people handcuffed or chained themselves to two vehicles blocking the U.N. entrance. Police took 30 minutes to cut one woman loose.