Earth Day protesters clash with the NYPD and block paper trucks at the New York Times printing plant in Queens

COLLEGE POINT, Queens (WABC) – On Friday morning, protesters were engaged in a confrontation with police outside the New York Times printing press in College Point, Queens.

They were intended to prevent trucks full of Friday’s newspaper from leaving the property.

Video showed police removing a man from a post near Linden Place.

More than a dozen people were arrested shortly before 6 a.m.

Officers destroyed a tripod device protesters had erected outside the facility. Other protesters were handcuffed together through metal barriers.

Protesters will be summoned for obstructing government administration, disorderly conduct and trespassing.

They were taken to the 109th precinct for treatment and should be summoned and released.

They are part of a group called Extinction Rebellion which organizes protests like this to bring attention to the global climate emergency.

In this case, they say the media “fails to cover the climate emergency with the depth and frequency it deserves”.

As we reported, scientists say climate change is already having an effect with rising sea levels, droughts and more intense storms, and they say it will only get worse.

“We are here to stop the distribution of The New York Times and other affiliated newspapers,” said Will, a protester. “We don’t think they cover climate change well enough.”

The New York Times prints many other newspapers at its 300,000 square foot facility in College Point, including the NY Post, Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Newsday. They can print 80,000 newspapers per hour on each of seven large printing presses. The Times also prints about 41% of its own newspapers here, making it by far its largest printing plant.

Former President Bill Clinton joined New York City Mayor Eric Adams Thursday at the Empire State Building for an event calling on other major office buildings to follow his lead.

The New York City landmark was able to reduce its carbon footprint by installing thousands of energy-efficient windows and retrofitting elevators during a 2010 renovation that cost $31 million.

Saturday is Car-Free Earth Day. The city is encouraging car owners to leave their car parked and find another way to get around.

Citi Bike is offering free day passes and Open Streets is back. More than 80 streets in the city will be car-free this summer.

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