SWAMPSCOTT, Mass. (WWLP/SHNS) – Massachusetts State Police arrested several protestors who were blocking a public roadway outside of the Governor’s house, at around 7 a.m. Tuesday.
State Police received several reports of protestors chained to a boat parked on a trailer. According to a statement from Massachusetts State Police, troopers gave commands for the protestors to leave the area but were ignored. Police then report that they cut the chains before arresting seven protestors.
Pictures posted to social media by the group Extinction Rebellion Boston show the words “CLIMATE EMERGENCY” on the boat and State Police officers at the scene. “Why are we blocking @CharlieBakerMA’s driveway with a big pink boat? Because, at every single turn, he chooses to make his fossil fuel buddies rich, endanger the health of communities, and send us all hurtling into climate apocalypse,” the group wrote on Twitter.
All seven protestors have been booked on charges of disorderly conduct and trespassing. They are expected to be arraigned in Lynn District Court Tuesday afternoon. They have been identified as:
- Gregory Mangan, 69, of Somerville
- Gerard Frank, 67, of Dudley
- James Comiskey, 31, of Somerville
- Jennifer Smith, 47, of Watertown
- Dylan Sessler, 27, of Hampstead N.H.
- Allen Mcgonagill, 32, of Somerville
- Nora Maynard, 38, of Turners Falls
- Alexander Chambers, 23, of Boylston
The boat has been removed from the road.