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70 People Arrested At A Climate Protest Outside New York Times Offices

Seventy people were arrested outside of The New York Times building in Manhattan on Saturday, according to CNN, during a protest to call attention to the way news outlets cover the climate crisis.

Charges against the protesters are pending.

The protesters were affiliated with a group called Extinction Rebellion, which describes itself on its website as an “international movement” aimed at combating climate change through nonviolent protest and minimizing the “risk of human extinction and ecological collapse.”

Eve Mosher, a spokeswoman for the group, told CNN that Saturday’s protest was meant to call attention to how news outlets cover climate change.

In a statement sent to CNN, a New York Times spokesperson said, “There is no national news organization that devotes more time, staff or resources to producing deeply reported coverage to help readers understand climate change than The New York Times.”

The newspaper published nearly 800 articles in 2018 about the climate and the effects of climate change, the statement said.

“We fully support this group’s right to express their point of view,” it added, “even when we disagree with it as it relates to our coverage.”

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