Police officers confront Harvard protester Andrés de Loera-Brust ’20 on the field of the Yale Bowl. Divest protesters from both Harvard and Yale stormed the field during halftime of the 136th edition of the Game.
Photo: Timothy R. O’Meara
By Michelle G. Kurilla, Crimson Staff Writer November 24, 2019
UPDATED: Nov. 24, 2019 at 10:55 p.m.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The 136th edition of The Game came to a halt Saturday when hundreds of people stormed the field during halftime, calling on Harvard and Yale to divest their endowments from fossil fuels and Puerto Rican debt.
Dozens of protesters started running on the field roughly three minutes before halftime ended and unfurled banners calling for divestment. Several hundred spectators joined the protesters as they staged a sit-in and chanted “Divest.” The demonstration continued for about half an hour on the field until police officers arrested some protesters — who insisted they would not leave the field — and charged them with disorderly conduct. Protesters continued their chants off the field near an entrance gate to the stadium.
While some protesters stayed in the stands to hold up signs bearing slogans like “Yalies for Climate Justice,” some spectators booed the disruption. At one point, Yale and Harvard administrators including Dean of the College Rakesh Khurana walked onto the field to speak to protesters.