Two members of the Kennedy clan were arrested outside the White House on Wednesday for their involvement in a high profile protest over global warming.

Robert F Kennedy and son Conor, alongside actress Daryl Hannah, were handcuffed by police after they attached themselves with zip-ties to the gates of the Presidential home.

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Conor, 17, made the headlines last summer after he dated Taylor Swift for a brief period.

A number of high profile figures were among the group who were protesting against the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline as they urged President Obama to reject the proposed project.

If approved the new project will stretch close to the 2,000 miles from Alberta, Canada to the Gulf Coast of Texas and will carry tar sands oil, a highly toxic fuel.

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As the 48 protesters were led away by police, spectators began chanting Robert and Conor’s names.

Robert Kennedy is president of the Waterkeeper Alliance, a New York-based environmental organization. Throughout his career he has gained a reputation as a defender of environmental issues.

A press release from the Sierra Club,  one of the most influential grassroots environmental organizations in the US, which also participated in the rally, stated, “After being taken away from the White House in handcuffs, both Kennedys were driven to a Park Police station and released after paying a fine.”

“For the first time in the Sierra Club’s 120-year history, we have joined the ranks of visionaries of the past and present to engage in civil disobedience, knowing that the issue at hand is so critical, it compels the strongest defensible action,”  Michael Brune, executive director of the environmental group, told RadarOnline.

“We cannot afford to allow the production, transport, export and burning of the dirtiest oil on Earth via the Keystone XL pipeline. President Obama must deny the pipeline and take decisive steps to address climate disruption, the most significant issue of our time.”

Robert F Kennedy (right) and son Conor among Large group arrested over protest against Canadian oil pipeline, outside White HouseGoogle Images