14 arrested in Stamford, protesting UBS & mountaintop removal

Banner Drops, Sit-ins, and Lockdowns

Capitalism vs. the Climate joined with Hands off Appalachia on November 25th in a series of direct actions targeting mountaintop removal financier UBS in Stamford.

14 demonstrators were arrested. On Monday, December 2nd, the last of them were freed.

This is not the first time that people in Appalachia and Connecticut joined together to protest the coal bosses. In 1988-90, Appalachians went on strike against Pittston coal and traveled to protest the company’s HQ in Greenwich, CT. That strike won crucial health care and retirement benefits for miners in Virginia. Now, we will win in making UBS divest from blowing up mountains.

Here is a sampling of our actions’ sizable media attention:

Between the Lines (radio), “Direct Action Protest Hits Swiss Bank UBS for Role in Financing Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

Stamford Advocate (front page), “14 arrested in protest of Stamford based UBS

Stamford Patch, “UBS protesters cause headache for police in downtown Stamford

News 12 Connecticut (video), “4 “Hands Off Appalachia” protesters facing charges after protesting UBS by climbing atop crane

The Struggle (video), “UBS is tearing up Appalachia” (starts at 24:42)

Also, on the 24th, Hands off Appalachia dropped a banner in the middle of UBS’ Thanksgiving parade in Stamford!

UBS thanksgiving

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