Sep 23, 2019

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

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.

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

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Climate activists block roads in major cities around the world

Extinction Rebellion group in London. Photo: John Keeble/Getty Images

Thousands of climate change activists led by group Extinction Rebellion kickstarted 2 weeks of peaceful protesting around the world on Monday to demand a drastic global reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, Reuters reports.

The big picture: Protests throughout Europe, Australia and New Zealand saw activists blocking busy bridges and roads, gluing and chaining themselves to cars and lampposts, and singing together as police stepped in to arrest them. In Amsterdam, activists held signs that read: “SORRY that we blocked the road, but this is an emergency," per Reuters.

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In photos: A tale of 2 cities on 70th anniversary of Communist China

The Tiananmen Square parade in Beijing marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. Photo: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

China showed off a new hypersonic ballistic nuclear missile, the DF-17, as it displayed its military might during a grand parade in Beijing marking the 70th anniversary of Communist Party rule, AP reports. But clashes between police and protesters in Hong Kong cast a shadow over celebrations.

The big picture: Hong Kong authorities had tried to thwart protesters as Chinese President Xi Jinping oversaw the Beijing parade that showcased some 15,000 soldiers and 100,000 performers, per the New York Times. Hong Kong went into unprecedented lockdown, Reuters notes. But tens of thousands of protesters defied a ban on marches and attended rallies throughout the city, per Bloomberg.

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In photos: Unrest in Barcelona after Spain jails Catalan separatists

Barcelona firefighters put out blazes during protests on Wednesday. Photo: Robert Marquardt/Getty Images

Barcelona's streets were ablaze Wednesday night, as police and protesters clashed after thousands turned out for a third day to rally for independence from Spain, Reuters reports.

The big picture: Peaceful protests against Spain’s Supreme Court sentencing of 9 Catalan separatist leaders this week to 9–13 years in prison for charges including sedition erupted into violence, with reports of riot police firing tear gas and activists throwing petrol bombs and torching cars, per the Guardian.

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