Police say the protesters were not violent, but they made their way onto the ice, and one of them climbed the golden statue and held up a banner.
"The earth is on fire": Right now at Rockefeller Center, protesters holding die-in on the rink to protest corporate rolr in climate crisis #ExtinctionRebellion #ExtinctionRebellionNYC #XR pic.twitter.com/7bGqGAP8cZ— L.A. Kauffman (@LAKauffman) January 26, 2019
"That was one of the actions that we - the Extinction Rebellion had planned, and it was intended to create a very stark visual, drawing attention to the urgency of the matter, which is that climate change breakdown poses an immediate and existential threat to life on earth," says organizer Rory Varrato.
Protestor Pranita Bijlani says there is a 'climate emergency.'
"It's the 12th hour, and we are doing very, very little," says Bijlani.
Police say the group, 'Extinction Rebellion' had NYPD ESU swarming to the scene.
The protesters who were arrested were taken downtown for processing. Their charges are still being determined.
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