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'Tax the Rich' Protesters Gather Outside Met Gala in New York

Protesters chanting “Tax the rich!” gathered outside the lavish star-studded Met Gala in New York City on May 1, to raise awareness of climate change.

Video filmed by Madeline Potts shows protesters lying on the road wearing t-shirts with the message: Stop Killing the Climate. Tax the Rich! Police are seen attempting to pull the protesters to their feet.

The Met Gala, or Met Ball, is an annual fundraising gala held for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City. Credit: Madeline Potts via Storyful

Video transcript

- (CHANTING) Tax the motherfucking rich.

Tax the rich! Tax the motherfucking rich. Tax the rich. Tax the motherfucking rich. Tax the rich. Tax the motherfucking rich.

[COMMOTION]

- Ow! Ow! Ow! Ow! Ow! Ow! Ow!

- Come on. Get up!

- Ow! Stop touching me.

[CROWD CLAMORING]

(CHANTING) Tax the motherfucking rich.

Tax the rich! Tax the motherfucking rich. Tax the rich! Tax the motherfucking rich. Tax the rich! Tax the motherfucking rich.

[COMMOTION]

- Ow! Ow! Ow! Ow! Ow! Ow! Ow!

- Come on. Get up!

- Ow! Stop touching me.

[CROWD CLAMORING]