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Manuel Oliver, the father of one of the pupils slaughtered in the Parkland school shooting, climbed a 150-foot crane near the White House early Monday to protest President Biden and demand action on gun violence.
Mr Oliver posted video footage from atop the giant crane Monday — the fourth anniversary of losing his son Joaquin, 17, in the mass shooting at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
His age is unclear.
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He unfurled a giant poster “in front” of the White House aimed at the commander-in-chief, decrying how “45K people died from gun violence on your watch.”
“I asked for a meeting with Joe Biden a month ago. Never got that meeting. So now I’m back with Joaquin,” he said in the video clip, saying it was “so the whole world will listen to Joaquin today.”
In a separate tweet, he noted how he had come to Washington, DC, in December, when he spent three weeks outside the White House in a doomed attempt to get time with the president.
“Today GUAC is with me making [his] own statement!” Oliver wrote, using his nickname for his son.
“So the whole nation can judge our reality. 150 feet high in front of the WH. Peaceful action.”
In the tweet and his video, Oliver noted heavy police presence during his protest, saying in the video it was “fine.”
“But again, Happy Valentine’s,” he said, the day that his son was among 14 pupils and three educators shot dead. “To all of you from Joaquin Oliver.”
While he was still atop the crane, his wife, Patricia Padauy-Oliver, tweeted a video from below addressed to “Mr. Biden.”
“My husband is up there on the crane representing our son, Joaquin, with a big banner with a message on it. Please pay attention,” she said.
“We are demanding action from your side because we haven’t seen a difference due to gun violence,” she said. “Please take action.”
Police sealed off the area, and Oliver was eventually seen climbing down with someone else, according to ABC 7 News.
Once back on the ground, he was met by officers who escorted him in handcuffs into an ambulance, the station reported. DC police confirmed to the Washington Post that one person was arrested after a tactical unit and negotiators were sent.
At a similar time, the president tweeted about the school shooting anniversary.
“Today we mourn with the Parkland families whose lives were upended and stand with those working to end the epidemic of gun violence. Congress must act,” he tweeted.
The Olivers previously spoke to the Washington Post about their frustrations at spending three weeks camped outside the White House without getting to see the commander-in-chief.
“President Biden should be very offended by what’s going on under his watch in the country,” Manuel said at the time.
“We remember our kid with every single action we do because we carry Joaquin’s intentions in every single step we do.