Stamford police were kept busy downtown Monday when more than a dozen individuals were taken into custody for causing disturbances at various locations relating to UBS in protest of their mining operations in the Appalachian mountains.
According to Captain Sue Bretthauer, the crane operator discovered a protestor who had chained themselves to the trap door inside the operator's cabin in such a way that opening the door would cause injury to the person by strangulation, prohibiting entrance by authorities.
Bretthauer said multiple parties had climbed up to the top of the crane's arm, which she estimated to be roughly 220 feet in the air, and unfurled a banner between 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. that read 'UBS, Stop funding mountaintop removal'. After a long discussion between officers, who'd traveled up multiple stories to the top of the building to speak with the activists on the crane's arm, all parties climbed down peaceably.
She said during this time, the crane's arm was not in a locked position and continued to move freely in the wind, causing some concern for the safety of the activists. She noted all were self-described 'experienced climbers'.
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