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Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 12/17/2009

Protesters scale NW D.C. office building

By Washington Post editors

Four protesters scaled the front of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce headquarters at 1615 H. Street, N.W., this morning and unfurled banners to protest the group's stance on this week's climate change talks in Copenhagen. D.C. Police later arrested the protesters.

At least nine other Greenpeace activists watched as the four climbed two ladders on either side of the front of the building and unfurled yellow banners reading, "Global Warming Crime Scene/Climate Policy Hostage Area."

The group arrived at 10 a.m., according to eyewitnesses. They drove to Chamber headquarters in four police cruisers painted green and white with green sirens and a green-colored ambulance with "Climate Emergency Response" painted on the side of the vehicle.

"We're here today because the Chamber of Commerce is holding climate change negotiations hostage in Copenhagen," said one protester as she was led away in handcuffs.

The incident follows days of similar protests at the climate change talks in Copenhagen. President Obama flies there tonight to join the negotiations on Friday. For more climate change news, check out The Post's new blog Post Carbon

-- Ed O'Keefe

By Washington Post editors  | December 17, 2009; 12:35 PM ET
Tags:  climate change, protest and chamber of commerce headquarters  
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What do they want to be when they grow up?

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | December 17, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

I hope and pray that the folks in charge at MPD have learned from the lawsuits that arose over their handling of previous protests.

And while we're on that subject, one thing has really been bothering me:

All of the protest cases - and, don't get me wrong, I totally agree that MPD acted horribly - arose out of situations where outside folks came into DC to protest an entity that is not part of DC (the US Government's activities, the World Bank, etc.). And today's protest is no exception.

Why should MPD have to put itself on the hook - at the risk of huge liability, as shown by these cases - for combatting these protests? It seems to me that, in these situations, the feds should have to pony up the law enforcement, via the National Guard or whatever it takes.

Posted by: nan_lynn | December 17, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure this bunch of babies will want to cry and sue also. Too bad they didn't fall from the ladders.

Posted by: gpl2411 | December 17, 2009 9:07 PM | Report abuse

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