BREAKING: 300 Protesters Arrested in D.C. for ‘Unlawful Demonstration Activities’
About 300 demonstrators have been arrested in Washington D.C. during the final day of non-violent protests organized by the group “Democracy Spring,” Reuters reported Monday afternoon.
BREAKING: U.S. Capitol police say they have arrested about 300 demonstrators – statement
— Reuters U.S. News (@ReutersUS) April 18, 2016
The arrests took place on the East Front Rotunda Steps of the U.S. Capitol building. The demonstrators were arrested for “unlawful demonstration activities,” according to the Capitol Police. Specifically, crowding, obstructing, or impeding in violation of Washington D.C. law. Protesters were processed and released on the scene.
The same morning USA Today reported that 900 demonstrators had been arrested in total since the Democracy Spring protests began:
Mass demonstrations by a group called “Democracy Spring” began last Monday. A related group, “Democracy Awakening,” joined the efforts on Saturday and are holding often integrated sit ins and other demonstrations to protest laws it considers discriminatory, such as Voter ID laws.
Monday’s arrests bring the total number to 1,240 arrests in one week of protests.
Capitol Police says it has made about 1,240 arrests in the last week alone thanks to #DemocracySpring protests
— Cristina Marcos (@cimarcos) April 18, 2016
This post has been updated.
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