Climate activists briefly disrupt Fed chair’s speech

Reuters | November 10, 2023

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(Reuters) -Climate activists on Thursday took over a stage inside the secured headquarters of the International Monetary Fund where Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell and Israeli central bank Governor Amir Yaron were speaking at a research conference.

“End fossil finance,” the protesters shouted as Powell was ushered off the stage by security. The disruption of the event lasted roughly two minutes before security moved the protesters out.

Yaron remained seated throughout the disruption. 

Powell later retook the stage and resumed his speech. It was the second time in weeks that an event attended by the Fed chief was disrupted by climate activists. A group took over the stage at an event featuring Powell in New York on Oct. 24.

Powell’s prepared remarks were published on time at 2 p.m. EST (1900 GMT).

The IMF said in a statement that “security officers escorted the protesters out of the building and the event resumed shortly afterward.”

A spokesperson for the Fed did not have a comment.

The event was open to the public, with registration and photo identification required.

(Reporting by Howard Schneider and Andrea Shalal; additional reporting by Costas Pitas; Writing by Ann Saphir; Editing by Mark Porter, Andrea Ricci, Paul Simao and Deepa Babington)





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