September 3 2023 BLACK ROCK, Nevada – estimated 100,000 people attended yearly Burning Man Festival this year, as heavy rains flooded the desert, thousands reportedly remain trapped at the festival, one person has died.
Nevada authorities are investigating a death at the Burning Man festival after flooding trapped people following storms that swept through the Nevada desert.
Organizers closed vehicular access to and from the festival, burners (Burning Man attendees) were seen on pictures and videos struggling to move around in the mud, attempting to escape on foot with plastic bags over their feet.
Attendees were urged to shelter in place and conserve food, water and other supplies as they started to run low.
The Pershing County Sheriff’s Office said the death happened during the event but did not specify details.
On August 27, 2023 Black Rock City, Nevada – Climate activists from “7 Seven Circles” shut down highway leading to the Burning Man Festival, withing the tribal lands.
Attendees quickly became irate, confronting the group blockading the road and physically attempting to remove the blockade. Some attendees sped thru close by the chained activists.
Rangers rushed in to the group, ramming through the blockade and rushing out with gun pointed to arrest protesters. Several arrests were made during the incident, including the legal observer as activists blocked traffic into Burning Man festival on the event’s first day open to the general public.
The group blocked a main thoroughfare using a trailer, lock-ons, and banners with the words “BURNERS OF THE WORLD, UNITE!”, “ABOLISH CAPITALISM”, and “GENERAL STRIKE FOR CLIMATE”.
Group says the blockade’s purpose is to draw attention to capitalism’s inability to address climate and ecological breakdown along with protesting against the popularization of Burning Man among affluent people who do not live the stated values of Burning Man, resulting in the commodification of the event.