Possibly the stupidest way that some leftists protest is standing in the middle of the street or the highway, trying to block traffic.
Nothing more aggravates people, some of whom might be amenable to your cause, then getting in their way as they’re trying to get home or go to work.
Not to mention that it can be incredibly dangerous as some have discovered the hard way when they’ve been hit, run over by cars or arrested for their trouble.
But what can you do to top blocking traffic? How about trying to block a train?
About 25 climate activists from groups including Climate Disobedience Center, 350 New Hampshire Action and 350 Mass Action tried to stop a coal resupply train near Worcester, Massachusetts that was attempting to get to a coal plant, Merrimack Generating Station, in Bow, New Hampshire.
They staked out the tracks in West Boylston on Monday night around 8 p.m. and had look-outs checking for the train.
When they thought the train was getting close they had someone call the train office to report that there were people on the tracks, telling them they needed to stop the train, according to WBUR.
“This is an emergency. There are protesters on the track of the Worcester Main line Near milepost seven. I repeat you need to stop the train on the Worcester main line there are protesters on the track at milepost seven.”
During a similar protest on Dec. 8, activists called the dispatcher and the train stopped before it reached them. In this case, however, Powsner says the man who answered told him that he couldn’t stop the train, though Powsner says it’s unclear if the man was unwilling or unable to stop the train.
Soon after the 9:30 p.m. calls, activists willing to risk arrest stepped onto the tracks, flashlights and headlamps pointed toward the oncoming train. About a minute later, the first blares from the train’s horn could be heard from where they stood.
Lila Kohrman-Glaser, an organizer with 350 New Hampshire Action, said she felt “anxious” standing on the tracks. “But I feel way more anxious about the climate crisis and the fact that coal is still being used in New Hampshire. And if I have to stand in front of a train and be a little anxious, that feels like a really fair trade-off.”
Activists who had been stationed up the track as spotters waved flags to try to slow down the train but it didn’t slow down.
Finally, that activists standing on the tracks got the message that the train wasn’t stopping and were forced to jump off the tracks when it was about 50 feet away, nearly getting run over.
#BREAKING A train carrying coal to NH nearly ran over a dozen climate activists who tried to block it in Worcester. This happened after someone farther south on the tracks called the emergency hotline twice to report there were people on the tracks. pic.twitter.com/uaUa12mauQ
— Miriam Wasser (@MiriamWasser) December 17, 2019
They then continued to chase the train, waving their lights as the train horn blared.
The protesters acted as though they were the aggrieved parties.
“If we were locked to the tracks, they wouldn’t have had time to slow down by the time they saw us,” one of the protesters said. “They went through two sets of flaggers.” […]
“We didn’t expect the train to stop in front of us. It can’t stop that fast. The point is that it still had time to stop before the protest site,” said Wen Stephenson, one of the protest organizers who was stationed as a scout along the tracks.
— 350 New Hampshire (@350NH) December 17, 2019
While some of the climate cult group were arrested in the incident trying to stop the train the week before, no one was arrested in the wake of this incident.
People ripped the activists on Twitter for their actions.
Trains can't stop, it takes over a mile to stop a train, has nothing to do with knowing, has everything to do with tons & tons of weight with forward momentum that only time, distance & continuously applied friction to achieve. In Terrorist age, I wouldn't stop, can be weaponized
— GGshotgun (@GGthinking) December 17, 2019
The idiots on the track knew a train was coming, unlike the train which was suppose to be there, the people were not.
— iLovecoondogs (@lovecoondogs) December 18, 2019
Dangerous game, they should be arrested and jailed. If this becomes “a thing” it could easily get people killed. And engineers severely mentally impacted if they hit people. It doesn’t win hearts and minds, it makes them look like insane zealots and drives people away
— Joe Average (@joeypotato1) December 17, 2019
This is peak climate cult behavior.
Trains running on main line can take upwards of 10-15 minutes and MILES of track to stop safely. This could've caused the train to derail, more than likely killing the engineers, killing themselves, and creating a *gasp* Environmental hazard.
— Trollertarian Christmas Wreath (@trollertarian) December 17, 2019
making diesel powered trains sit and idle their engines to
help the environment
— Luke (@lateforapex) December 17, 2019