This is no way to start the day.
According to a post on twitter via MA Department of Transportation, environmental protestors plan to block several routes starting at 7am on Wednesday.
Mass Live is reporting that the group behind the protest is Extinction Rebellion – “a politically non-partisan international movement that uses non-violent direct action to persuade governments to act justly on the Climate and Ecological Emergency.”
Extinction Rebellion’s website informs protestors to meet at Post Office Square at 7am and will start the march through downtown Boston at 7:30am. Looks like there will be a giant sun puppet plus color banners and flags as part of the protest – so at least there will be something “fun” to look at while stuck in traffic.
“Coffee and donuts will also be available for the Morning Rebels.”
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Protests have their place when they are done in an organized manner, but blocking traffic, especially at rush-hour, imho, is a huge no-no. Preventing people from going about their daily lives and business, and causing them to be late to work, medical appointments and/or treatments, or needing to get their pets to the animal hospital or the vet on an emergency basis only causes more anger, hostility, and more alienation from the cause(s) at hand. Even with peaceful protests, where people aren’t attacking people and/or property, a line has to be drawn somewhere.
Also, blocking traffic can make it more difficult for emergency vehicles (i. e. ambulances, fire engines and police cars) to get through. Every second of every minute counts when a seriously injured or ill person is being transported to the hospital, when a fire engine is trying to get to the scene of a fire, and a police car is trying to get to the scene of a crime, especially assault or a robbery.