|A violent ranger, employed by the Pyramid Lake Paiute Nation, plowed into a road barricade where women were chained to the blockade, drew his weapon, and threw a woman to the ground during violent arrests on Sunday.|
Ranger Violently Rams and Arrests Climate Protesters at Burning Man Roadblock
By Brenda Norrell, Censored News
Full video of climate protesters' roadblock, protesting Burning Man on the road into the event, and violent arrests by rangers on YouTube https://youtu.be/e8fDM60MS84
Update -- September 5: Burning Man vehicles are making their way out of the mud now. On Monday, 70,000 festival-goers remained stuck in the mud at Burning Man after heavy rains and flooding. They were told to shelter in place, as food and water ran low, and toilets couldn't be cleaned. One death was reported during heavy rain. The road in and out was closed except for ambulances until the ground dried out. The annual event is on BLM land, and the BLM charges Burning Man more than $3 million for the special use fee. The area considers it an economic boost. Washoe County said it brought in $60 million in tourism-related revenues in 2019. However, already this year, the local Sheriff said people are leaving their vehicles and garbage behind in the mud. It is now an ecological mess. https://www.cnn.com/2023/09/05/us/burning-man-storms-shelter-exodus-tuesday/index.html
Ranger crashes through climate protesters roadblock at Burning Man, endangering lives, carries out violent arrests
BLACK ROCK CITY, Nevada (August 27, 2023) – Climate activists shut down the highway leading to the Burning Man Festival on Sunday. "Get off the f--king road," a Ranger yells from his vehicle over a loudspeaker. A Ranger violently rammed the roadblock with his tribal vehicle, where women were chained to the barricade, endangering lives, and then pointed his weapon at protesters at close range.
“The time has come. Burning Man should aim to have the same type of political impact that Woodstock had on counter-culture. If we are honest about system change, it needs to start at 'home.'"
“Thirty seconds, send your leader to my vehicle, let’s talk, get off the f— road,” someone can be heard saying.
Another clip shows a ranger’s truck blasting through the barricade with its sirens and lights sounding through the desert. An announcement comes over a truck’s PA system telling demonstrators, “I’m gonna take all of you out, you better move.” An official then gets out of the truck with a gun drawn, yelling at protesters to “get down now.”
The protesters do not appear to be armed, with demonstrators repeatedly saying they are “nonviolent.”
Several protesters were put in handcuffs at the scene.
Five activists, two from New York, one from Washington, one from California, and another from the country of Malta, were cited and released. One activist refused medical treatment, tribal police said.
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|Those arrested were handcuffed and put in the back of a ranger's truck. Freedom News TV on Twitter https://twitter.com/i/status/1696219470078071286|
Statement by Seven Circles
This action follows a long history of nonviolent civil disobedience as a tool for societal change, such as sit-ins during the civil rights movement and traffic obstruction by women suffragettes. The purpose of the blockade is to draw attention to capitalism's inability to address climate and ecological breakdown. The blockade is also in protest against the popularization of Burning Man among affluent people who do not live the stated values of Burning Man, resulting in the commodification of the event. The group emphasizes the current existential crisis and the importance of honesty when social collapse is at risk. 
Started 37 years ago, Burning Man is an ongoing radical social experiment where attendees practice bold principles that challenge the status quo, representing a counter-culture to the consumer-driven aspects of the default world that are harmful.   Criticisms from the group articulate concerns that the event's goals of attaining carbon negativity and ecological regeneration for Black Rock City by 2030 are greenwashing and insufficient to tackle the pressing crisis; much more can and must be done.   The group believes that Burning Man's apolitical stance to date is detrimental to its claimed values, especially as carbon emissions continue to rise despite government and corporate commitments to reduce CO2 emissions by more than half by 2030.  The group has highlighted that a majority of event-goers hold political beliefs that would support Burning Man becoming more politically engaged.  
The group demands the following of the leadership of Burning Man:
1. BE RADICALLY HONEST: Admit that infinite growth is incompatible with sustaining the Earth's systems and that the green transition is a lie perpetuated by those in power. Burning Man must advocate for system change on both political and economic levels.
2. MOBILIZE OUR COMMUNITY: Formally issue a call to action to the Burning Man community, urging Burners to actively participate in direct action and support general strikes to initiate system change. This effort should be done in collaboration with existing social justice and environmental movements.
3. LEAD BY EXAMPLE: Ban private jets, single-use plastics, unnecessary propane burning, and unlimited generator use per capita at the nine-day event in Black Rock City, Nevada.   
Burners and the broader public are being called to support the action by signing a petition aimed at pressuring the organization to take immediate action.
See Video Here. - Credit @ScooterCasterNY
See Twitter post here.
“We do not have a climate problem, the climate is behaving exactly in line with the laws of physics. We have an economic system problem, and that economic system is capitalism. History shows that capitalism cannot be reformed. It cannot be changed from the 'inside'. Are we really ready to sacrifice everything for an outdated, unequal economic system? The time to evolve has come”, said Thomas Diocano, a Burner and co-founder of Rave Revolution.
“Burning Man itself was born as a protest to the growth-dependent capitalist default world. As Burners, we understand the power of community and have shown time and time again that we can create a new society, with new rules that include dignity for every living being. We must extend these principles into the default world after 37 years of practice. We can no longer remain apolitical in a time of crisis,” said Emily Collins, a Burner and co-founder of Rave Revolution.
“Scientific discoveries have given us so many opportunities to change trajectory from the impending climate crisis but the momentum of fossil fuels has barely slowed even as we all begin to feel the effects. Please listen to our warnings and join us, we desperately need you to bring about the change that is possible,” said William Livernois, a scientist with Scientist Rebellion.
 Ripple, William J., et al. "World scientists' warning of a climate emergency." BioScience (2019)
 Lynch, Michael J., et al. "Measuring the ecological impact of the wealthy: Excessive consumption, ecological disorganization, green crime, and justice." Social Currents 6.4 (2019): 377-395
 Chen, Yuan, et al. "Single-use plastics: Production, usage, disposal, and adverse impacts." Science of the total environment 752 (2021): 141772.
ABOUT SEVEN CIRCLES
Seven Circles is a diverse coalition that uses non-violent direct action to raise class consciousness within the climate movement. It was formed with the objective of uniting labor unions, climate scientists, student bodies, socialist organizations, and the general public in demanding a change to the current economic system—capitalism—to avert the risk of social collapse.
Hashtags: #BurnersOfTheWorldUnite! #SevenCircles
|Violent arrest by rangers shown on top of one woman|
|After brutal arrest, this woman's face is bloodied. Screenshot by Censored News|
|Tribal rangers used excessive force, making arrests more painful than necessary, as shown on video.|
|As the mud dried out, 70,000 people began leaving, with wait times up to seven hours to get out.|
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