During an International Monetary Fund research conference last Thursday, climate change activists breached the secure IMF headquarters and disrupted remarks by Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, marking the second time in a month climate change protesters have interrupted the Fed chairman, Reuters reported.
The climate activists rushed the stage as Powell was appearing at the conference with Amir Yaron, the Governor of the Israeli Central Bank.
The activists shouted, “End fossil finance,” as Powell was led off the stage by security personnel. However, the disruption lasted only a couple of minutes before security led the protesters out of the room.
Throughout the brief disruption, Governor Yaron remained seated.
The event was being live-streamed online and when the protesters took the stage, someone could be heard on the stream saying, “Close the f*cking door” before the stream cut out.
When the live stream resumed, the event moderator pointed out that while climate change is an important issue, it was not the topic of the event’s panel.
Chairman Powell then returned to the stage and continued his remarks.
When asked if Chairman Powell was the one heard cursing on the live stream, a spokesperson for the Fed told reporters that they didn’t have any information on that but if they found out, “we’ll be in touch.”
The IMF said in a statement that the climate activists were escorted out of the building by security officers and the conference quickly resumed.
This was the second time in less than a month that climate activists disrupted an event attended by Chairman Powell.
In late October, protesters rushed the stage during Powell’s remarks at the Economic Club of New York.
The Federal Reserve has been under pressure from progressive lawmakers and climate change activists to use banking regulations to move the United States away from fossil fuels. However, Fed officials have rejected their demands.