Hundreds protest Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco

Thursday, September 13, 2018
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A huge protest is taking place outside the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco at the Moscone Center.

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Protesters used drums, dancing and chanting in the middle of Third Street in San Francisco to let Governor Jerry Brown know they think he needs to bring an end to the extraction and processing of fossil fuel in California.

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"We are calling on Jerry Brown to increase the protections on oil and gas and specifically to create setbacks which are protection zones around oil and gas wells of 2,500 feet," said organizer Cesar Aguirre.

The protest is happening outside of Governor Brown's Global Climate Action Summit. The Governor organized the summit to gather leaders from around the world to discuss ways to fight climate change.

But protesters aren't buying it.

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Jessica Montoya Trujillo of Santa Fe, New Mexico said "It's a horse and pony show, just a trade show to pull the curtain down on the truth and that's what we are here to do is speak truth."

The group was peaceful but did create some inconveniences. Traffic came to a halt around Moscone Center as protesters shut down Third Street between Mission and Folsom.

There were also a few arrests as protesters blocked doors to the Moscone. Delegates also couldn't enter at Third and Howard because of the large group.

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"People should protest if they think they have the need to protest but I think it is counterproductive to stop us from getting in since we are all working on the same thing but- I agree with their right to protest," said summit delegate Tiy Chung.

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