Climate Protest halts House debate, three arrested
MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) Protesters disrupted proceedings at the Statehouse Thursday, demanding action on climate change from lawmakers.
As they shouted out some demands House Speaker Mitzi Johnson, D-South Hero, banged the gavel to declare order. When they continued, she ordered a recess and directed lawmakers to leave the chamber. But the protesters remained, tossing hundreds of index cards onto the floor and speaking to a near-empty room. “It is clear there is a huge gulf between what we should be doing and what we’re doing now. And Vermont could really become a clearinghouse for that. And indeed, we have to,” said one protestor. Statehouse police asked the group to leave, and all but three did when threatened with arrest. The three who remained were cuffed and led out.