(Adds New York Times statement)
NEW YORK, June 22 (Reuters) - Police arrested 70 environmental protesters outside the New York Times headquarters who laid down in the street and climbed onto the building to demand the newspaper start referring to climate change as a climate emergency, police and media reports said.
New York police arrested 67 people and Port Authority police arrested three others, a police spokesman said. Charges were pending.
Protesters blocked the street by lying down in a “die-in” and affixed a banner to the skyscraper in midtown Manhattan saying “climate change = mass murder,” with the word “change” crossed out and replaced with “emergency,” according to pictures posted by the website of 1010 Wins radio.
Another banner was attached to the Port Authority Bus Terminal across the street saying simply “climate emergency.”
Demonstrators chanted “tell the truth,” a reporter for The Guardian on the scene tweeted.
According to 1010 Wins, a spokeswoman for Extinction Rebellion, Eve Mosher, said the group wants the media to report on “the climate emergency” so that “people can start pushing for more radical responses.”
Another protester, Donna Nicolino, told The Guardian she was ready to be arrested because “we want the New York Times as well as all the other media to treat climate change as the crisis it is.”
Police removed the banners and arrested protesters who had climbed atop an overhang above the ground floor of the Times building, social media pictures showed.
“There is no national news organization that devotes more time, staff or resources to producing deeply reported coverage to help readers understand climate change than The New York Times,” spokesperson Danielle Rhoades Ha said in a statement, adding the newspaper published 795 articles about the issue in 2018.
“We fully support this group’s right to express their point of view, even when we disagree with it as it relates to our coverage,” the statement said. (Reporting by Daniel Trotta Editing by Chris Reese)