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8 Arrested After Climate Change Protesters Descend on Ted Cruz’s Home

8 Arrested After Climate Change Protesters Descend on Ted Cruz's Home

A group of youth climate change activists ended a 400-mile march on Monday from the New Orleans Superdome on the lawn of Senator Ted Cruz in Houston, Texas for a peaceful demonstration that led to several trespassing arrests.

The action outside the Cruz residence was part of Generation on Fire, a campaign by the organization Sunrise Movement. More than 600 members of the initiative set out in two groups along routes that have been devastated by climate change to demonstrate the urgency of the climate and economic crisis, according to Roshi Khosla, a participant and spokesperson.

About 60 to 70 people arrived at the Cruz residence after traveling along a path that Khosla told Newsweek many U.S. climate refugees were forced to traverse after natural disasters, including survivors of Hurricane Katrina. Houston Police said in a media briefing that the group was "extremely peaceful" in exercising its First Amendment rights against climate change.

The eight demonstrators who were arrested were taken into custody for trespassing, said Assistant Police Chief Ben Tien, who added that police provided multiple warnings before the decision was made to arrest the smaller group.

"We took it slow, we worked collectively with the organizers and with the individuals themselves and continued to provide multiple warnings," Tien said. "I just want to take a moment to remind everyone that the Houston Police Department supports First Amendment rights, but it has to be done in a safe manner, and it has to be done within the confines and the scope of the law."

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