Nek was apparently arrested for refusing to cross the street when told to do so by the police. There’s video of this at the link below. According to social justice advocate Dorian Williams:
“Many of you may know Murtaza Nek as he has been an active participant of 350 Massachusetts and Students for a Just and Stable Future. Recently he took a trip down to Texas to contribute to the Tar Sands Blockade’s fight against the construction of the southern leg of Keystone XL Pipeline. As of 11:50 am on January 3rd, Murtaza was arrested in Texas while trying to provide direct support to his friends partaking in a particularly vulnerable tree sit for the Tar Sands Blockade…For those of who have not had a chance to meet Murtaza, he has been an amazingly strong and dedicated ally in this movement. Having accomplished Climate Summer this past year, where he biked from town-to-town across Massachusetts supporting climate action and discussion, Murtaza brought back his organizing and bike power here. Every week, Murtaza would bike from Worcester to Cambridge and back to participate in SJSF and 350MA meetings, helping organize and participate in actions targeting fossil fuels like tar sands and natural gas. Now he needs our commitment and support in return.”
Nek, who address is listed as Vienna, VA in his arrest record, is charged with interfering with public duties. His bail has been set at $1,500 and supporters are being asked to donate what they can towards the appropriate legal fund. More information (as well as video) about the aerial tree blockade and the brave people involved with it can be found here.