- Tensions Rise in Nevada: Seven Circles activists obstruct Burning Man-bound traffic, leading to confrontations.
- Pyramid Lake Police Response: Officers promptly dismantle blockade; activists taken aback by swift action.
- Seven Circles’ Demands: The group calls out Burning Man leadership to address environmental concerns and capitalist tendencies.
In a spectacle straight out of Nevada, Extinction Rebellion activists, belonging to the Seven Circles group, decided to halt traffic, leading to a massive 10-mile snarl-up.
Their target? The eager attendees of the iconic Burning Man festival.
The Highway Standoff
Burning Man enthusiasts, known for their love of art and culture, found themselves in a predicament when they confronted the protesters.
Freedom News was right there, capturing the drama that saw a mere six climate zealots from Seven Circles take on a sea of festival-goers.
Footage released by Freedom News showcases tense exchanges.
An officer is heard proclaiming, “I’m gonna take all of you out!” To which the activists responded in disbelief about their lack of weapons.
A poignant moment came when a ranger pointed out that the protesters were “trespassing on tribal land.”
Before the event, the Pyramid Lake Police Department had taken to social media, hinting at a possible influx of law enforcement during Burning Man.
Their message read, “As we all know Burning Man is soon coming up, and with that there will be an influx of not only traffic but LAW ENFORCEMENT from outside jurisdictions. If a tribal member gets stopped by an outside jurisdiction please let them know you are tribal, if possible provide them with your tribal identification card, or request a tribal officer. Please be courteous, these agencies are here to assist in keeping the community safe for all of the residents who call it home. Thank you very much for your understanding.”
When Push Comes to Shove
As the saga continued, the activists, seemingly in a state of shock, resorted to chaining themselves to a trailer.
When discussions with Burning Man attendees went south, the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribal Police Department of Nevada intervened.
What transpired next left many in shock. As police vehicles drove through, the activists were heard lamenting, “we’re non-violent!”
Police, having none of it, promptly arrested the activists and had them removed.
In a twist, the activists voiced their main agenda, exclaiming, “We’re environmental protesters!”
They expressed their dismay over single-use plastics and private jets at Burning Man.
Their banners read “ban private jets,” “burners of the world unite,” and “abolish capitalism.”
The Protest Agenda
Seven Circles later released an official statement, categorizing their protest as an “urgent call to action.”
They slammed the event, criticizing its popularity among affluent attendees who, according to them, ignored Burning Man’s core values.
They shared their demands, insisting Burning Man:
“1. BE RADICALLY HONEST: Admit that infinite growth is incompatible with sustaining the Earth’s systems and that the green transition is a lie perpetuated by those in power. Burning Man must advocate for system change on both political and economic levels.
“2. MOBILIZE OUR COMMUNITY: Formally issue a call to action to the Burning Man community, urging Burners to actively participate in direct action and support general strikes to initiate system change. This effort should be done in collaboration with existing social justice and environmental movements.
“3. LEAD BY EXAMPLE: Ban private jets, single use plastics, unnecessary propane burning, and unlimited generator use per capita at the nine day event in Black Rock City, Nevada.”
An Ongoing Pattern?
It’s worth noting that Extinction Rebellion has a history of such disruptions, particularly in Britain. Their modus operandi often involves creating traffic jams, irking commuters, and sometimes risking lives.
Despite claiming non-violence, their methods, such as gluing themselves to public property or obstructing transportation routes, have often been seen as extreme.
While such actions might be tolerated in the UK, the situation in Nevada proved that US authorities have a different take on such disruptions.
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