Police Arrest Dozens of Costumed Protesters Blocking Traffic on Capitol Hill
Monday, October 22, 2007; 11:28 AM
U.S. Capitol Police arrested dozens of protesters who blocked Independence Avenue for short intervals during rush hour this morning, part of a demonstration intended to voice a broad list of complaints about global warming, war and sexism.
Demonstrators from an amalgam of organizations sat down in the road about 8:15 a.m. near Independence and New Jersey avenues, arms and legs intertwined, snarling the usual line of Monday morning commuters.
Police reopened the street after arresting 26 people, prying them apart and dragging them face down to the sidewalk, where they were searched, handcuffed and loaded onto a waiting bus.
But a few minutes later, another small wave of demonstrators stepped onto the asphalt and blocked traffic again. Police took an additional doz
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