Protesters arrested at multiple locations around Boston as climate change activists target commute routes

State police said they are monitoring protest activity in the Boston area as a group of climate activists said they planned to disrupt the Wednesday morning commute. 

Five protesters were arrested on the on ramp from Leverett Circle to Route 93 in Boston.  Boston police also made arrests in response to the climate protests at

“multiple locations,” according to a department spokesperson.  The group behind the protests, Extinction Rebellion Boston, called on demonstrators to “meet rush hour

commuters to make some noise and demand ‘Stop the Fossil Fuel Industry, Now!’” The group said it planned to meet in Post Office Square at 7 a.m. and then march through downtown

Boston. On Facebook, the group wrote about Wednesday’s traffic disruptions: “We’re sorry. This is an emergency and we need your attention.” “Our demand today

is simple: Massachusetts must stop installing new fossil fuel infrastructure,” the group said. “New Natural gas plants (e.g. Peabody Peaker), pipelines, and hookups hurt frontline

communities. They cost the taxpayer, as the infrastructure is designed to last many decades, well beyond the mandatory carbon zero timeline of 2050.” The group

said it was turning toward “nonviolent disruptive action” after trying petitions, letters to Congress, and other venues of raising their concerns.  “We understand that

we have interrupted your life today, and we know that your life is important,” they wrote. “That is why we are fighting to protect it, and all lives, before we run out of

time.”