"Protesters Block Road Into Burning Man Festival; Rangers Ram Blockade"

"Climate activists caused a miles-long traffic jam when they blocked the only road leading into the Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert.

Videos posted online show activists using a trailer to block the road that leads into Black Rock City. One video posted to X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, shows a white pickup truck appearing to be from the Pyramid Lake Ranger Station crashing through the barricade set up by protesters.

The blockade led to clashes with motorists and tribal rangers, the Los Angeles Times reported. Pyramid Lake, a tribal law enforcement agency, did not respond to the Times’ request for comment.

The group behind the protest, Seven Circles, said the purpose of the blockade was to draw attention to “capitalism’s inability to address climate and ecological breakdown,” according to a news release. Seven Circles said Burning Man has been commodified by “affluent people who do not live the stated values” of the festival."

Tyler Wornell reports for The Hill August 30, 2023.


"Tribal Ranger Draws Weapon On Climate Activists Blocking Road To Burning Man; Conduct Under Review" (AP)

"Burning Man climate protest leads to traffic jam, rangers forcibly intervening" (SFGATE)

"Going to Burning Man? Climate, Anti-Capitalist Activists Block Traffic Into Festival" (Los Angeles Times)

"Burning Man’s Climate Protesters Have A Point" (Vox)

Source: The Hill, 08/31/2023