Protesters Dump Fake Blood On Charging Bull; Dozens Arrested
April 6, 2020
FINANCIAL DISTRICT, NY — Dozens of protesters were arrested after activists splashed fake blood on the Financial District’s “Charging Bull” sculpture during a Monday morning protest demanding action to combat climate change.
Cops cuffed 27 people during the demonstration in front of the Wall Street icon, which started about 11 a.m., the NYPD said. They will likely be charged with disorderly conduct, a police spokesperson said.
Dozens of protesters — some of them also covered with red paint — also blocked traffic farther up Broadway near Pine Street after splattering the statue in their bold effort to draw attention to the climate crisis.
“Denying it is — I’m not religious — but it’s sinful,” said Ben Watts, a protester from Brooklyn. “It’s totally immoral. I have a kid. The way it’s going, she may have no real future.”
The activist group Extinction Rebellion took credit for the protest, which drew more than 100 people to the Financial District. A video posted to Twitter shows an activist holding a flag emblazoned with the organization’s logo standing atop the bloodied bull.
“Financial sectors profit from ecocide, so we must rebel,” the group said on Twitter.
But the massive creature in front of Bowling Green had been cleaned off less than two hours later. Only small puddles of red remained as tourists gathered to take photos in front of the animal.
A gash in the bull’s horn was still visible from an earlier incident last month when a man banged up the statue with a banjo.
Monday marked the start of Extinction Rebellion’s “Week of Rebellion,” five days of protests and other programs meant to “grieve the beautiful chaotic mass of life that is being destroyed and celebrate all life on this planet.”
The group is also planning daily talks, training sessions and other events in Washington Square Park along with rallies at Columbia University and the Fox News offices this week, according to a schedule.
The actions will come roughly two weeks after thousands of students and other activists took to the streets of Lower Manhattan for an international “Climate Strike” protest.
Patch editor Noah Manskar contributed writing and reporting to this article.