I joined an Extinction Rebellion protest march that happened to be going past my office building around closing time. (Well, "happened to"; I assume the timing and the location in the middle of the financial district weren't a coincidence.)

Someone was handing out pieces of fabric with the XR logo and a picture of a right whale painted on. They said there was one for every right whale currently in existence—about 300.


The protest closed off a bridge, with either the tacit or explicit permission of the authorities. The police seemed content to just divert and direct traffic. What they weren't so happy about was the banner drop, although when the climbers reached ground, two officers had a brief chat with them and sent them on their way—no arrests. There were approximately 38 million cameras out and recording for that exchange.

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