Climate change protesters arrested outside Ted Cruzs Houston home

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A group of climate protesters were taken into custody for trespassing outside Sen. Ted Cruz’s​ home in Houston — after they marched 400 miles to get there, refused to leave and “chose to be arrested,” according to law enforcement. ​

The eight who were arrested were part of a larger group of about 70 people protesting about climate change Monday morning.

“The large majority of the group are extremely peaceful out there expressing the First Amendment rights​ ​​to protest against climate change,” Assistant Houston Police Chief Ban Tien said in a video​ posted on Facebook​. “Unfortunately, there was a small group who​ were actually trespassing ​on private property in front of the senator’s residence.”

He said police warned the group a number of times to stay on the sidewalk and not go near Cruz’s home, but they refused.

“As such, that particular group — roughly eight individuals — still refused to leave and we finally gave one final warning and those individuals still refused to leave,” Tien said. “We explained to them the fact that they were violating a trespassing law. They acknowledged they understood and they chose to be arrested.”​

A Texas Tribune reporter tweeted that the group of protesters — part of the Sunrise Movement — ​had marched 400 miles from New Orleans to Houston to raise awareness of the effects of climate change.

The Republican senator is a man-made climate change skeptic.​

They gathered outside Cruz’s home, calling for ​President Biden to stop negotiating with Republicans and pass Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “civilian climate corps plan,” Erin Douglas posted on her account.

Some of the protesters stood on Cruz’s lawn and shouted, “Whose side are you on?”​

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