Seventy environmental protesters were arrested Saturday outside The New York Times building in Midtown, police said.
The demonstrators, from the activist group Extinction Rebellion NYC, first gathered at Bryant Park at around noon and then marched through Times Square before setting up on Eighth Avenue in front of the Times building shortly before 1:30 p.m., the group tweeted.
Video and photographs posted to social media show several demonstrators climbing onto the high-rise’s glass awning, where some waved flags and others hung a sign reading “Climate Change = Mass Murder,” with a red strike through “Change” and the word “Emergency” written above it.
An NYPD spokesman said 67 people were taken into custody outside the building, and three others were arrested by PA police.
A block away, at West 41st Street and Ninth Avenue, a Port Authority vehicle went up in flames shortly before 2 p.m., according to an FDNY spokesman.
Officials said the blaze was not related to the protest and started when the van overheated.
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