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Sayak Mukhopadhyay Glues Feet To Stadium Floor In Climate Protest At US Open

Sayak Mukhopadhyay Glues Feet To Stadium Floor In Climate Protest At US Open

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) – Sayak Mukhopadhyay was arrested at the Arthur Ashe Stadium after disrupting for about 50 minutes the US Open tennis match between American Coco Gauff and Czech Karolina Muchova on September 7.

He glued his feet to the stadium floor in a dramatic climate protest to convey the message directly as other methods had proven ineffective.

He and two others from the group Extinction Rebellion NYC stood up shouting “No tennis on a dead planet”, and “End fossil fuels” before he removed his shoes and glued his feet to the floor making it difficult for police to remove him.

He told the New York Post: “The climate change movement has tried everything from writing and lobbying for legislation to demonstrating and blockading banks, but none of that has been as effective as communicating directly to the public by going to public institutions like museums and sporting arenas.”

Gauff, who defeated Muchova in that game and went on to win the US Open, said at a news conference that she couldn’t get “too mad” at the antic because “it was done in a peaceful way.”

“I believe in climate change,” she said.

Mukhopadhyay was charged with trespassing, according to the New York Police Department. It said in a statement that the department’s Emergency Service Unit personnel were able to “safely free him” and arrest him.

He was released with a notice to appear in court.

According to an Extinction Rebellion NYC post on social media, 50-year-old Mukhopadhyay moved to New York from his native Kolkata 25 years ago.

It quoted him as saying that he was horrified by the climate injustice faced by people in India who must pay the price for the climate change caused by emissions produced by developed countries.

“India is something I constantly think about because I grew up there and I am keenly aware of how low the level of resource consumption and energy consumption is there,” he said.

But the people of the Gangetic Delta are the ones “going to pay the price for this huge number of resources and energy consumption in the global north”, he added.

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  • The guy is crazy. This is not the way to protest.

    September 11, 2023
    • Vijay, What you would do? I think he had a very innovative way to draw attention and players did not mind. I feel proud of him.

      September 11, 2023
  • I support him wholeheartedly, he has a vision for things to come

    September 11, 2023

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