Greenpeace protesters shut down DC streets

Image Greenpeace protesters unfold a banner reading

Several people have climbed a construction crane in the middle of Washington D.C., where they are launching a protest against President Donald Trump. Police say they are charged with second-degree burglary, unlawful entry and destruction of property.

- ClotureClub.com (@ClotureClub) January 25, 2017- Katie Bo Williams (@KatieBoWill) January 25, 2017Protestors from @greenpeaceusa unfurl 70 x 35 foot banner from construction crane over DC against Pres Trump's agenda. Police and firefighters appear to be waiting out the protesters for the time being.

The crane is actually a few blocks from the White House, but tall enough so it makes the flawless statement.

Since Trump's inauguration Friday, mass demonstrations and protests have erupted across the country.

Image Protesters unfurl a banner that reads

The protest near the White House closed streets and snarled traffic in Washington on Wednesday.

The Metropolitan Police Department tweeted Wednesday morning that the protest is "extremely risky and unlawful".

Police said the activists "illegally obtained access to a construction site by breaking the locks". "Multiple government resources were tied up, and streets were blocked while first responders attempted to safely address this matter". The group said they are sending a message to Trump that will be visible at the White House ellipse.

The protests came a day after the Trump administration moved to delay implementation of at least 30 environmental rules and froze new Environmental Protection Agency contracts and grant awards.

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