According to Great Plains Tar Resistance, a total of 10 activists have been arrested at a protest at Devon Tower in downtown OKC. Their last update said that six of the activists have been released with four still in police custody.
The activists from Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance and Cross Timbers Earth First! looked themselves inside of a revolving door at Devon Tower this morning. The action is in protest of Devon’s involvement in toxic tar sands extraction and fracking.
“I’m opposed to the industry’s blatant disregard for human wellbeing in the pursuit of profit,” said Cory Mathis of Austin, TX—one of the activists locked down inside Devon. “These industries poison countless communities, often deceive and coerce folks into signing contracts, and when that doesn’t work, they use eminent domain to steal the land. Texas and Oklahoma have long been considered sacrifice zones for the oil and gas industry, and people have for the most part learned to roll over and accept the sicknesses and health issues that come with the temporary and unsustainable boost in employment.”
Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance reported the first arrest at 10:50 this morning. Police were called to the scene this morning and shut down the 300 block of Sheridan because of the protest. The street reopened just after 11:30 a.m. According to Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance’s lawyer, police are considering “terrorism hoax” charges for two of the protesters, “in relation to glitter falling from the banner as it unfurled.”
Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance is asking for donations to help with legal fees for the protesters. You can donate and find more information on their website- http://gptarsandsresistance.org