Washington, DC, United States (4E) – Connor Kennedy, one of the recent exes of singer Taylor Swift, was arrested while on protest over an environmental concern Wednesday outside the White House.
The 18-year-old Kennedy along with his father Robert, Jr., actress Daryl Hannah and other high profile environmentalists ended up being taken away in handcuffs by authorities after protesting against the Keystone XL oil pipeline controversy.
Protesters from various walks of life gathered in civil disobedience and cuffed themselves to the gates of the White House in an attempt to make President Obama to disprove the building of the Keystone XL pipeline which will transport crude oil from Alberta Canada to the Texas Gulf Coast. The said project, they believe, will pose serious threat to the environment and the people living in it.
Julian Bond, a civil rights activist and former president of the NAACP, said, “The threat to our planet’s climate is both grave and urgent. Although President Obama has declared his own determination to act, much that is within his power to accomplish remains undone, and the decision to allow the construction of a pipeline to carry millions of barrels of the most-polluting oil on Earth from Canada’s tar sands to the Gulf Coast of the U.S. is in his hands. I am proud today to stand before my fellow citizens and declare, ‘I am willing to go to jail to stop this wrong.’ The environmental crisis we face today demands nothing less.”
Meanwhile, Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, which organized the rally, said, “For the first time in the Sierra Club’s 120-year history, we have joined the ranks of visionaries of the past and present to engage in civil disobedience, knowing that the issue at hand is so critical, it compels the strongest defensible action. We cannot afford to allow the production, transport, export and burning of the dirtiest oil on Earth via the Keystone XL pipeline. President Obama must deny the pipeline and take decisive steps to address climate disruption, the most significant issue of our time.”
All the 48 arrested protesters were held but later released on $100 bond each.