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Capitol Police meet "march on Congress" with indiscriminate arrests

On the 15th of May, about 25 activists marched on the US Capitol to
demand the that the public get the same open access to Congress that
lobbyists seem to have. One person carried out a civil disobediance
demanding to enter the building, but he was NOT the only person arrested.

After the civil disobediance, the Capitol Police repeatedly re-set their
perimeter, reading out the three warnings for a mass arrest in rapid
sucession each time. At no time were protesters informed where the zone
Capitol Police were declaring off-limits to protest ended.



After protesters had retreated to the sidewalk to get out of the moving
perimeters, police began lunging onto the sidewalk to arrest the
remaining protesters. I do not know the total number of arrests, as I
had to take off when cops advanced in my direction.



While all this was going on, a crew with gallery passes was supposed to
break away from the protest, enter the building with no personal
belongings, and carry out an unspecified action from the galleries as
Congress returns to session today. I do not know if any of them were
able to break away in time

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Added: May-15-2012 Occurred On: May-15-2012
By: dcdirectactionnews
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Tags: Civil Disobediance, March on Congress, US Capitol, US Capitol Police
Location: Washington, District of Columbia, United States (load item map)
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