Greenpeace Activists Charged for Defacing Mount Rushmore
Greenpeace activist were charged for trespassing after they scaled the face of Mt. Rushmore on Wednesday morning and hung a banner on the face of Abraham Lincoln at exactly 10:00am. The banner features a picture of President Obama's face and reads: "America Honors Leaders Not Politicians Stop Global Warming"
“We are at a key moment in history when we must challenge our president to take real leadership,” said Carroll Muffet, deputy campaign director for Greenpeace.
“The steps taken so far have been frankly inadequate. If President Obama wants to take his place among the great leaders of history, he must take aggressive measures to combat climate change and prioritize a strong deal in Copenhagen,” she said referring to the upcoming G-8 meeting.
12 people were arrested and taken in away in handcuffs. Police released one of the activists without charges but would not say why.
The 11 activists charged yesterday were released on their own recognizance after the court hearing. A trespassing conviction carries up to six months in prison and a $5,000 fine, prosecutors said.
For more information about recent G8 talks on climate change read our G8 carbon pledge has dissappointed world environmentalists story.