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Protesters against capitalism descended on Manhattan on Friday, and video shows one scaling the front of a Chase Bank before plunging 30 feet to the bottom. 

Protesters against capitalism descended on Manhattan on Friday, and video shows one scaling the front of a Chase Bank before plunging 30 feet to the bottom.
Kevin Clarke, 32, has a fractured pelvis and a broken elbow due to his unsuccessful attempt to climb the building, his sister Nicole Clarke disclosed later from Los Angeles. “He won’t be able to move for several months,” she said, reports the NewYorkPost.

Clarke showed up with a rope-laden backpack full of spray paint and decided to physically climb the building to make his message heard while another protester defaced the front of the Chase bank and others shouted out from the ground.

From the video, Clarke can be seen climbing up the bank building on Madison Avenue between East 46th and East 47th streets with drums and chants in the background and a man’s voice demanding the climber to ‘get down!’

After climbing about 30 feet up the bank’s face, he lost his grip and fell to the sidewalk, lying on the ground, wounded while the protesters ran over to him. Clarke was later taken to Bellevue Hospital, said officials.

Clarke’s sister said that her brother grew up in Oregon, attended high school in Wichita, Kansas, and has resided in New York for the last ten years.
Although Clarke was first identified as an anti-capitalist protester, judging by the scene in the video, his sister claimed that he was a “climate change” activist and was a participant in the Extinction Rebellion activist campaign.

The group targeted Chase Bank since they deemed that it was the world’s largest financial backer of fossil-fuel investments, the injured protester’s sister explained. She also said that Clarke owns a small business in Manhattan that has suffered greatly from the CCP Virus pandemic.

Police officials reported that Clarke would face charges for “reckless endangerment” for his climbing attempt. According to the Post, it has yet to be confirmed if he would be chained in bed during his hospitalization.
“Except in very limited circumstances a hospitalized prisoner will be handcuffed,” an NYPD spokeswoman said.

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