Sunday, November 24, 2019

Pitch Invasion at Harvard-Yale Football Game

Protesters staged a sit-in at midfield of Yale Bowl in New Haven, Connecticut, USA during half-time of the 136th edition of the annual Harvard-Yale football rivalry known as The Game. 

"Nobody wins. Yale & Harvard are complicit in climate injustice", read one banner held by the students. 

The pitch invasion was short-lived and most protesters left after about an hour when they were escorted off by police and a handful who remained were told by police they were under arrest. 

The demo had been organized by groups from both universities, Fossil Fuel Divest Harvard and the Endowment Justice Coalition at Yale. 

"Harvard and Yale claim their goal is to create student leaders who can strive toward a more 'just, fair, and promising world' by 'improving the world today and for future generations.' Yet by continuing to invest in industries that mislead the public, smear academics, and deny reality, Harvard and Yale are complicit in tearing down that future", the student groups, Fossil Fuel Divest Harvard, Fossil Free Yale and Yale Endowment Justice Coalition, said in a statement following the protest. 

"We demand that our universities take responsibility for their role in perpetuating the climate crisis and global climate injustice – we call on Harvard and Yale to fully disclose, divest, and reinvest their holdings in the fossil fuel industry, putting an end to business as usual and taking meaningful action towards building a more just and stable future", the groups added. 

The football game did resume after the protest and was won by Yale 50-43.

Classy Celtic opened up a three-point gap over Rangers at the top of the Scottish Premiership with a convincing 4-0 win over Livingston on Saturday.

The goals came from French striker Odsonne Edouard who opened the scoring in the nineteenth minute, skipper Scott Brown via a deflected strike in the fifty-seventh minute and James Forrest who scored a brace (64, 90+1).

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