capitol building

Climate Protesters Superglue Themselves To U.S. Capitol Entrance

  August 7, 2019

By Dan Hounsell

Every day brings new, unexpected challenges for maintenance and engineering managers. What did a student try to flush down a school toilet? How did a building occupant prop open a door to get more fresh air? What unwanted critter has invaded a hospital? So in the grand scheme of things, the events that took place recently at the U.S. Capitol probably weren’t all that weird for managers.

Seventeen climate change protesters reportedly were arrested in a demonstration where members of their activist group superglued themselves to an underground entrance of the U.S. Capitol, according to the New York Post.

At least 16 environmentalists from Extinction Rebellion staged the sticky demonstration, where they affixed themselves to subway entrance doorways between House office buildings and the Capitol. By 8 p.m., they were wrangled and arrested by U.S. Capitol Police.

All 17 protesters were charged with “crowding, obstructing or incommoding,” and all but two of them were also slapped with defacing public property charges, while eight were charged with resisting arrest.

Dan Hounsell is editor-in-chief of Facility Maintenance Decisions.


Read next on FacilitiesNet