Climate Activists Block Train Carrying Coal In Harvard

HARVARD, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Climate activists temporarily blocked a New Hampshire-bound train that was carrying coal in Harvard, Mass. early Friday morning. It was the latest in a series of protests calling for the coal-fired plant in Bow, N.H. to be shut down.

Around 20 members of the group "No Coal, No Gas" built nearly 20-foot high scaffolding on the track just south of Route 2.

"I've been to several different types of protests, but nothing where anyone actually set up scaffolding and went to this level to block train traffic," Harvard Police Chief Ed Denmark said. "Obviously, they're committed to their cause."

More than a dozen protesters were detained, while four passively resisted arrest and remained on the scaffolding.

"They did tell us we were trespassing and we had to get off the train tracks," one activist, who was among those detained, said

The four remaining protesters were eventually lowered from the scaffolding, and were taken into police custody.

Soon after, the train continued to its destination of New Hampshire.

WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) reports

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