Left-wing protesters blocked several major intersections Tuesday in Washington, D.C., causing traffic delays around Capitol Hill.
The protest featured several left-wing activist groups, including Extinction Rebellion, Code Pink, and Spaces in Action. Activists began blocking intersections at 7 a.m., with many holding banners and signs displaying political messages from their respective organizations.
"Fund communities, not war #CutThePentagon," one pink banner read.
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Protesters block traffic on Independence and 4th st in Washington DC #shutdowndc #ClimateAction pic.twitter.com/HGgtNyOPZs— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) December 7, 2021
Protesters carried a large "pipeline snake" display.
Large “pipeline snake” unraveled in intersection for #shutdowndc protest in DC. pic.twitter.com/CuIPqyx3Wa— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) December 7, 2021
Another group carried an artistic representation of a military tank down the street as they chanted and sang.
"Demilitarize everything," the side of the tank read, along with other political slogans.
"So basically, it's a symbol of the demilitarization of everything," a man who said he created the tank told the Washington Examiner. "The budget, the whole spectrum, to kind of focus on more things like social issues and things for the people."
There were several musical performances featured during the protest as well. A guitarist rocked out to one song with the chorus, "F*** Joe Manchin, D.C. hates you," and another that repeatedly said, "F*** the police."
A woman sang an adaptation of the Sesame Street theme song with political lyrics.
"Can you tell me how to get a caring economy — a caring economy?" she sang.
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The woman spoke to the crowd after her musical solo.
"I have a daughter with schizophrenia who gave birth with no agency. All mothers in D.C. deserve to give birth with complete agency," the activist said to a crowd. "Childcare — healthcare is a right and not a privilege. People shouldn't have to choose between whether or not they buy their insulin or put food on their table."