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‘Extinction Rebellion’ Climate Activists Glued Themselves to the Universal Studios Globe in Los Angeles

By Lucy Diavolo
April 23, 2019

The international Extinction Rebellion climate demonstrations made headlines in Los Angeles as a protest at Universal Studios resulted in four arrests, according to Deadline. CBS Los Angeles reported that activists climbed the iconic globe sculpture and glued themselves in place, mirroring tactics Extinction Rebellion activists have used in London, where more than 1,000 arrests have taken place as protests have gone on for over a week.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s office arrested four men from the protests — two who climbed the globe and two who were on the ground. Deadline reported that they’re facing charges of vandalism and criminal conspiracy.

Much of the event was live-streamed on Facebook by Extinction Rebellion Los Angeles (ERLA). The group is part of a worldwide activist network committed to nonviolent civil disobedience as a means to force a conversation on addressing climate change.

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Extinction Rebellion Los Angeles Climate Activists Climb & Superglue Themselves to Universal Studios Globe Calling on NBC/Universal to Take Action on Climate Crisis. 100 cops present. Go here for more livestreams and updates: #XRUS #ExtinctionRebellion

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Mario Lopez, the host of Extra (which uses the globe as a backdrop), posted on Instagram about the incident, showing a close-up of protesters he said were glued to the rotating globe and the surrounding railing. He noted that they had dyed the fountain beneath the globe “pink.” ERLA posted on Twitter ahead of the protest that anyone participating should “bring clothes that can get stained” and wrote on Facebook that the fountain was “filled” with “vegan blood.” Lopez also spoke with one of the activists.