Oil lobbyists planned a major meeting at Trump’s D.C. hotel but climate activists formed a blockade to try and stop them.
One of the protestors, Yari Greaney, of the Sunrise Movement stated, “They formed a barricade around one of the rooms that the oil lobbyists were planning to meet in. And so they were able to at least interrupt and disrupt some of the oil lobbyist events to make sure that they know that we are willing to put our bodies on the line.”
A fossil fuels trade group was hosting a week-long conference at the hotel, which included a “congressional call-up” for members of the congress and Trump officials to talk policy. Hotel staff brought partitions to hide the demonstration, but their message was definitely heard regardless.
“We were standing here today because we wanted to make sure that we are fighting to keep these fossil fuel CEOs and fossil fuel lobbyists and billionaires in their place, which is far from politicians.” Greaney stated.
The group of activists also held a rally outside the hotel, which has become a hotspot for lobbyists to foreign governments — and raises corruption concerns since Trump still owns his hotels. But fortunately the protests were able to make a bit of a difference.