NYC mayor speaks at G-20 protest

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

New York Mayor Bill de Bla­sio de­fended his de­ci­sion to fly to Ger­many and speak at a protest on the side­lines of a Group of 20 meet­ing, ar­gu­ing that cities need to work around global lead­ers to fight climate change and in­come in­equal­ity.

“It’s a vari­a­tion on the con­cept of vot­ing with your feet,” de Bla­sio, a Demo­crat, said in an in­ter­view be­fore speak­ing at the Hamburg Shows At­ti­tude protest Satur­day. “While the na­tional gov­ern­ments will prob­a­bly only make lim­ited progress, the rest of us don’t have that choice. If we make only lim­ited progress, we’ll only be go­ing back­wards.”

Crit­ics said de Bla­sio was go­ing to Hamburg to grand­stand on a global stage while ig­nor­ing the city’s prob­lems and that he’d left town too soon af­ter the Wed­nes­day killing in the Bronx of po­lice of­fi­cer Mioso­tis Fa­milia.

Eric Phillips, de Bla­sio’s spokesman, said the mayor agreed to go only af­ter mak­ing sure he would be able to at­tend Fa­milia’s fu­neral, sched­uled for Tues­day. He’s to re­turn to New York to­day.

AP/The Oklahoman/STEVE SISNEY

Fox Ramos, 12, from Em­mett, Idaho, works on his robot Satur­day as stu­dents from across the na­tion and from other coun­tries gather in Nor­man, Okla., for the “Bot­ball” chal­lenges dur­ing a Global Con­fer­ence on Ed­u­ca­tional Ro­bots.

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