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Conor Kennedy was arrested for civil disobedience at a White House protest over climate change Wednesday. He and a group of other protesters allegedly attached themselves to the White House gate in peaceful protest.
18-year-old Kennedy and 47 other protesters, including celebrities, were hoping to convince Obama to reject the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, which they believe would transmit dirty oil into the United States, according to Us Weekly.
Kennedy’s father, Robert F. Kennedy, known for his political activism, was also in attendance. Father and son’s names were cheered as they were led away by law enforcement, according to Yahoo! News. Actress Daryl Hannah was supporting the cause as well.
In a statement, civil rights activist Julian Bond said the climate change issue is very important and urgent.
“Although President Obama has declared his own determination to act, much that is within his power to accomplish remains undone, and the decision to allow the construction of a pipeline to carry millions of barrels of the most-polluting oil on Earth from Canada's tar sands to the Gulf Coast of the U.S. is in his hands.”