Climate Change Protesters Seriously Disrupt Harvard-Yale Football Game

Activists made their way onto the field on Saturday, some holding signs demanding Ivy League schools divest from fossil fuel industry

By PoliZette Staff | November 23, 2019

After climate change protesters held up Saturday’s Harvard-Yale football game — held in New Haven, Connecticut — for about an hour, police officers took some of the protesters off the field.

A handful of others were arrested, according to a variety of media reports about the incident.

Several dozen protesters at first made their way onto the field during halftime.

“Some held signs demanding that Ivy League schools divest from the fossil fuel industry,” Fox News reported.

“Others had signs that raised issues of Puerto Rican debt and the treatment of the Uighurs in China.”

After a period of time, the public address announcer urged the protesters to remove themselves from the field so that the game could continue— but they did not.

Instead, the protesters took over the field and chanted, “Hey, hey, ho, ho! Fossil fuels have got to go!”

One Harvard student told ESPN the action on Saturday was the result of months of planning.

Fox News host Laura Ingraham of “The Ingraham Angle” shared her feelings about the protesters’ actions in the tweet below.

It’s fascinating but not at all unexpected that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) — the radical socialist who has backed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) for the 2020 Democratic nomination — felt she needed to weigh in and publicly back the actions of the climate change protesters.

“Activism disrupts the present to change the future,” she wrote, along with retweeting a Sports Illustrated tweet about the protesters’ activity.

Here is more detail on the Saturday incident from ESPN.com: “The field was ultimately cleared, and the game resumed at 2:48 p.m. ET.”

“However, the delay led to an issue for the game’s finish because the Yale Bowl lacks stadium lights, and sunset in New Haven, Connecticut, was set for 4:26 p.m. on Saturday.”

“The darkness problem was compounded as the game went to double overtime, but Yale ultimately got a stop to win 50-43 — and secure a share of the Ivy League title — at 4:38 p.m., before it became too dark to play.”

“In a statement, the Ivy League referred to the protest as ‘regrettable.’ Yale said that while it ‘stands firmly for the right to free expression,’ it had issues with how the protesters went about their demonstration.”

“The exercise of free expression on campus is subject to general conditions, and we do not allow disruption of university events,” Yale said in its own statement.

See a variety of tweets and reactions on the protests today.

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