In a mass act of civil disobedience, hundreds of students attempted to chain themselves to the White House fence to protest Keystone XL. Many were arrested, but the mainstream media was MIA.
Hundreds of college students marched through Georgetown and up Pennsylvania Ave. on Sunday, then tied themselves to the White House fence. They were protesting the Keystone XL pipeline and its dark threat to their futures. The group was prepared for 500 activists to be arrested. It could well turn out to be the largest act of civil disobedience by students during the Obama administration. Estimates of the size of the crowd reached as high as 1,000.
The protesters spread a 40 × 60-foot black plastic banner on the sidewalk and out onto Pennsylvania Ave., in front of the White House. The banner represented an oil spill. Some of the students sat on the ‘spill’ and then staged a ‘die-in’ on its surface while others used plastic ziplocs to fasten their wrists to the fence. When ordered by police to disperse, no one moved, which raised a cheer from the crowd. The action was described by multiple tweets to #XLDissent and through posts on Facebook.
Major media outlets were absent from the scene, however, raising this question: Why doesn’t the media want America to see this major protest? Those who were present were wondering much the same.