Ahead of Thursday night’s Democratic primary debate, a group of Greenpeace activists have suspended themselves from a Houston bridge to “resist Trump” and protest the oil industry.
The group of 11 protesters hanging from the Fred Hartman Bridge are aiming to block traffic in the Houston Ship Channel, CBS affiliate KHOU reported.
Your plastic hard hat and pretty green vest are made of oil. Also your glasses frames. Probably your sneakers, too.
— Daniel Lee (@RealDanLee) September 12, 2019
Greenpeace USA claimed responsibility for the stunt in a tweet early Thursday morning.
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“We’re in Houston shutting down the largest oil export channel in the country to resist Trump & the oil industry for fueling this #ClimateCrisis. It’s time to end the age of oil. #PeopleVsOil,” the organization tweeted.
According to NBC News, the group is hoping their protest will put pressure on Democratic presidential candidates to address the oil industry’s use of fossil fuels.
A Greenpeace spokesperson told NBC News that there are 11 activists hanging back in support of the 11 suspended from the Fred Hartman Bridge.
Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez told KHOU that authorities will not attempt to remove the protesters from the bridge, citing safety concerns.
They will, however, face multiple charges once they eventually come down of their own volition, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.
KHOU reported that the Greenpeace activists are being blamed for a Thursday morning crash on the bridge. Investigators from the Precinct 8 Constable’s Office said a van carrying the protesters blocked traffic and caused a motorist to swerve at the last second to avoid a collision.
That motorist was rear-ended by a second vehicle. One driver was treated and released at a local clinic for minor injuries, according to KHOU.
Greenpeace and Trump derangement syndrome
Last year, therapists indicated a rise in what they unofficially diagnosed as “Trump Anxiety Disorder.”
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In a 2017 essay, clinical psychologist Jennifer Panning – who is credited with originally coining the term – described the symptoms of “Trump Anxiety disorder” as worrying about the state of the country, feeling helpless and out of control, and spending too much time on social media.