Seven Greenpeace USA protesters climbed a tower crane in northwest Washington, D.C., in the early morning hours Wednesday and by mid-morning had unfurled a billboard-sized banner stating “Resist,” amid loud cheers from the crowd gathered on the sidewalks nearby.

“Resist” has become a catchword for those opposing President Trump, who also describe themselves as “the resistance.” The Democratic National Committee Tuesday began using the hashtag #resist.

The crane is at the site of the former Washington Post building, which was torn down last year. A new building is being erected to serve as the headquarters for mortgage giant Fannie Mae. Several tower cranes are at the site, and some of the protesters have tethered themselves to one of them.

Greenpeace USA has taken responsibility for the protest on the crane against Trump’s “climate denial, racism, misogyny, homophobia, and bigotry.”

“[S]even activists deployed a 70-foot by 35-foot banner of the word ‘Resist’ above the White House. The activists from around the country are still in place, calling for those who want to resist Trump’s attacks on environmental, social, economic, and educational justice to contribute to a better America,” it said in a statement.

“People in this country are ready to resist and rise up in ways they have never done before,” Greenpeace Inc. Board Chair Karen Topakian said in a statement.

“While Trump’s disdain and disrespect for our democratic institutions scare me, I am so inspired by the multigenerational movement of progress that is growing in every state. Greenpeace has used nonviolence to resist tyrannical bullies since 1971, and we’re not going to stop now.”

Five protesters carrying the banner are atop the 270-foot crane and two people are in the middle of the crane. The police told the Washington Examiner that they plan to wait out the protesters.

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“The protesters are wearing diapers because they are pros at this,” Jason Schwartz, a Greenpeace spokesman, told the Washington Examiner. “They’re going to be doing protests like this for the next four years.”

The sign is meant to be viewed from the Ellipse of the White House, Schwartz said.

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The D.C. police said in a statement, “While we respect everyone’s right to protest, today’s actions are extremely dangerous and unlawful. Multiple government resources are being tied up, and unfortunately streets are blocked while first responders try to safely address this matter.”

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Kelly Cohen contributed to this report.

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