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Seven protesters arrested after chaining themselves to a pink sailboat in front of Governor Baker’s home

Climate control activists of the group Extinction Rebellion tied themselves to a pink sailboat they parked in front of Governor Charlie Baker’s Swampscott home.Jennifer Davis

Seven people were arrested after climate change protesters hauled a pink sailboat with “Climate Emergency” painted on its side to the front of Governor Charlie Baker’s Swampscott home and refused to move, State Police said.

Six people who had chained themselves to the boat and a seventh person who had been sitting on top of the boat were arrested, according to State Police spokesman David Procopio.

State police identified the protesters as 69-year-old Gregory Mangan, of Somerville; 67-year-old Gerard Frank, of Dudley; 31-year-old James Comiskey, of Somerville; 47-year-old Jennifer Smith, of Watertown 27-year-old Dylan Sessler, of Hampstead, N.H.; 32-year-old Allen McGonagill, of Somerville; 38-year-old Nora Maynard, of Turner Falls; and 23-year-old Alexander Chambers, of Boylston.


All seven are facing charges of disorderly conduct and trespassing, Procopio said, and were arraigned Tuesday afternoon in Lynn District Court. Each protestor was released on personal recognizance and ordered to stay 100 yards away from the governor’s residence, have no contact with the governor, and not to block the driveway or roadway on Monument Avenue in Swampscott, according to the Essex District Attorney’s office.

The protest, led by Extinction Rebellion Boston and Sunrise Movement Boston, included a number of groups, said spokeswoman Susan Lemont.

She said the protesters wanted to call attention to Baker’s decisions on energy projects in various areas, including a gas compressor station in Weymouth, a power plant in Peabody, and an electrical substation in East Boston.

The protesters said in a statement that the projects weren’t just burdening communities, they were putting the world at risk because of the need to curb carbon dioxide emissions that are causing global warming.

“We call upon Massachusetts to be a leader in protecting the land, water, air and all life living there, and to implement true climate solutions,” Mahtowin Munro, an activist from United American Indians of New England, said in the statement.


Procopio wrote that the protesters arrived around 7 a.m. with the pink sailboat and blocked Monument Avenue where Baker and his family live.

“Several protesters blocked a public roadway in Swampscott by chaining themselves to a large boat that they trailered to the front of the Governor’s residence,” he wrote, adding that troopers responded and ordered the protesters to stop blocking the street. “When they refused and continued obstructing traffic, Troopers specially-trained in civil disturbance response cut the devices holding the protesters to the boat and took them into custody.”

Baker’s press office did not respond to a Globe request about the location of the governor and his family when the boat arrived.

The group broadcast portions of its high-profile action on its Facebook and Twitter accounts.

A protester taken into custody outside Governor Charlie Baker’s house Tuesday morning.WBZ-TV

Climate change activists of the group Extinction Rebellion Boston tied themselves to a pink sailboat they parked in front of Governor Charlie Baker’s Swampscott home.WBZ-TV

John R. Ellement can be reached at john.ellement@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe. Charlie McKenna can be reached at charlie.mckenna@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @charliemckenna9.