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USA: Extinction Rebellion hunger strikers evicted from Nancy Pelosi's office

United States, Washington DC
November 22, 2019 at 05:25 GMT +00:00 · Published

Eight hunger strikers and another Extinction Rebellion (XR) activists were arrested after storming Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's office in Washington DC on Thursday.

The group pushed past aids and security to enter a wider room used by Pelosi's staff considered out of bounds.

Pelosi had refused to meet protesters' demands for an hour-long meeting, prompting the climate activists to go on hunger strike and mount a sit-in.

Congress's closure for Thanksgiving and Pelosi's expected return to San Francisco seemed to have forced their hand after enduring four luckless days spent at the entrance to her office.

Police then placed handcuffs on the protesters, lined them up and put them in riot vans to be processed.

XR's DC organiser Russell Gray gave a short interview as the activists were being taken to holding cells.

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Eight hunger strikers and another Extinction Rebellion (XR) activists were arrested after storming Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's office in Washington DC on Thursday.

The group pushed past aids and security to enter a wider room used by Pelosi's staff considered out of bounds.

Pelosi had refused to meet protesters' demands for an hour-long meeting, prompting the climate activists to go on hunger strike and mount a sit-in.

Congress's closure for Thanksgiving and Pelosi's expected return to San Francisco seemed to have forced their hand after enduring four luckless days spent at the entrance to her office.

Police then placed handcuffs on the protesters, lined them up and put them in riot vans to be processed.

XR's DC organiser Russell Gray gave a short interview as the activists were being taken to holding cells.

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