Political activists scale Rock Hall flag poles to hang 600 foot banner, three arrested

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CLEVELAND – Political activists took to the flagpoles Tuesday morning to protest against Hillary Clinton’s stand on fracking and Donald Trump’s stand on immigration.

Four people climbed the poles outside the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at around 8 a.m. Their goal was to hang a 625-square-foot banner to highlight their fight against fracking along with their opposition to the call to build a wall on the Mexican border. Their overall message: “Don’t Trump Our Communities.”

Police and fire were called to the scene, as the activists were not allowed to be on Rock Hall property. There were three arrests made for criminal mischief, according to Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams.

The Rock Hall released a statement on the incident:

The Rock & roll Hall of Fame is an icon of free speech. This week our home city of Cleveland faces the task of safely hosting thousands of convention-goers and dissenters. We encourage free expression but discourage illegal actions that stress our first responders. Please continue to express yourself but do so safely and legally.

Cleveland fire trucks were going to remove the banner, as well.

“As the Presidential campaigns swing into full step with this week’s RNC and next week’s DNC, communities directly impacted by oil and gas extraction have come together with immigrant communities being torn apart by deportations to take a stand against an unjust system that targets us all,” said Emmelia Talarico, an action participant from Maryland who works to address labor and immigration injustice.

“Through the power of direct action, our movements can and will stop the hateful rhetoric of Donald Trump, and continue to push Hillary Clinton to ban fracking and stop the deportations,” stated Shane Davis, an action participant who was forced from his home in Colorado after being exposed to the harmful impacts of fracking. Davis is also a member of the Stop the Frack Attack Network Advisory Council.

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