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In photos and video: Climate protests snarl D.C.'s morning commute

Environmental activists hold a sign in a D.C. street.
Environmental activists hold a sign in a D.C. street. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Climate activists disrupted Washington, D.C.'s Monday morning commute by blocking key intersections to protest "the systems that created and perpetuate the climate crisis," per Shut Down D.C., the protest group that organized the strike.

The big picture: The organizers planned the shutdown on the same day that the United Nations hosts global leaders for its climate change summit at the UN General Assembly.

In photos and videos:

Environmental activists hold a sign in a D.C. intersection.
Environmental activists hold a sign in a D.C. intersection. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images
Police arresting an environmental activist.
Police arresting an environmental activist in D.C. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Go deeper: NYC says 1.1M students can skip school for climate strike protest