7 Arrested After Greenpeace Activists Hang 'Resist, Defend' Banner From Trump Tower

By Stephen Gossett in News on Jul 7, 2017 9:02PM

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The Trump Tower on Friday was once again a magnet for protest. Seven people were arrested after unfurling a banner that read "Resist, Defend" from the south side of the Tower. The banner was meant to decry the administration's climate policies, Greenpeace said.

Greenpeace USA posted photos and videos of the banner hanging in front of the Chicago River on its social media platforms at around 2 p.m.

Two men and five women were put into custody "during a disturbance" in the 400 block of N. Wabash Ave., police told Chicagoist. Other information, including their ages, was not released. Area Central is investigating and charges for possible damage to property and trespassing are pending, according to police.


Greenpeace posted on Facebook with the video:

"Activists have just raised a massive banner at Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago to show this administration that the people of Chicago -- and people all over the country -- will continue to RESIST Trump's attacks on our clean air and water, and defend our communities and the planet!"

A woman identified as Kelly Mitchell, Climate and Energy Campaign Director for Greenpeace, steps into the video about halfway through. "We're here to call for an end to Trump's disastrous policies that are hurting people and our planet," she says.

Here's another look:

The banner was reportedly up for about 30 minutes before police got it down.