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A young protester from the environmental activist group Extinction Rebellion climbed a construction crane in Norwich, United Kingdom, and camped there for a few days.
Alex Sidney, a 17-year-old activist, performed the act to protest for the group’s causes. He said that he climbed the crane to urge the English government to act against climate change.
Sidney stayed about 108 feet above ground having very few supplies with him, such as a sleeping bag, a liter of water, a portable stove, his phone, and a speaker. While he was camping out, Sidney hung banners of the organization from the crane.
Extinction Rebellion was protesting against the construction of a new road in Norfolk among other things. According to the group, the project would damage the site, harming both trees and wildlife.
James Graham, the organization’s spokesperson, stated that the crane protest was done in place of a massive protest originally planned by the group. The demonstration had to be canceled due to the nationwide lockdown in England. Graham added that the group made sure that the crane protest was done with Sidney’s health and safety in mind.
The Norfolk Police deployed officers to remain at the scene of the incident. The teenager’s protest lasted for two nights. He climbed on Saturday morning and came down on Monday.
Sidney was arrested later, along with three other individuals who were involved in the incident. The Norfolk Police said the teen was apprehended for several reasons, including suspected violation of Covid-19 protocols and trespassing.