Greenpeace activists rappelled off of a Pittsburgh bridge with a massive banner displaying our message to G20 leaders gathering for tomorrow's summit. The banner takes the form of a stylized "road sign" that warns of the political maneuvering and delay that have put an international climate treaty in jeopardy as the world enters the final stretch on the road to Copenhagen.What's even more interesting (troubling, actually) is why was Greenpeace able - given that the group's considered an eco-terrorist organization - to pull off this stunt when security was in high-alert mobilization in advance of this weekend's Pittsburgh Summit. As the Los Angeles Times notes:
The security here is tight, bordering on feeling like a military state. The city, which is paying to have thousands of additional police working this week, has stationed cop cars along each bridge and along the roadways leading into Pittsburgh’s riverfront downtown.Not good. Just not good at all.
See, Marc Levin, "Terrorism in the Name of the Earth: Flush Out Eco-Terrorism Money."
Also, check out "Why I Left Greenpeace," by Patrick Moore, the co-founder of Greenpeace.
Added: From the Boston Globe:
The mood between police and the West End Bridge protesters was cordial. When a heavy shower moved through, one officer handed a rain slicker to a female activist. Many passing motorists reacted to the small-scale spectacle, some honking and others shouting. One yelled, "Cut the ropes!"