Over 400 arrested at ‘Democracy Spring’ sit-in at US Capitol

Over 400 arrested at ‘Democracy Spring’ sit-in at US Capitol

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Protestors with armbands sit in front of the Capitol risking arrest after their march from Columbus Circle. (Photo: Mariela Hernandez)

WASHINGTON (Talk Media News) – Police arrested more than 400 demonstrators pushing for campaign finance reform during a sit-in on the U.S. Capitol steps Monday.

“Democracy Spring,” a movement that encourages non-violent civil disobedience to protest money in politics, organized the march.

More than 50 organizations arrived at the Capitol at about 1 p.m. Within 30 minutes, police arrested hundreds with a band around the head, arms or legs, a symbol that designated the demonstrators understood they could be arrested.

More than 400 demonstrators were charged with “crowding, obstructing and incommoding” according to Capitol police.

Hundreds of activists arriving to the Capitol from the rally held at Columbus Circle. (Photo: Mariela Hernandez)
Protest: Thousands march to the Capitol after a rally held at Columbus Circle. (Photo: Mariela Hernandez)

When the first two protestors were arrested, the crowd cheered, “The people united, we will never be divided.”

The protest is scheduled to end April 16, but some participants said they are willing to stay in D.C. for as long as it takes for Congress to take action and push for campaign finance reform.

“I am here until I need to be,” Tarha Denuth, a resident of Ohio, told TMN.

“One person should have one vote and corporate money has nothing to do with voting and should be completely out of politics,” said Robert Grawet, a resident who drove to D.C. from Olympia, Washington and marched with Democracy Spring from Columbus Circle.

Grawet said that “anybody who accepts corporate money as a part of their campaign should immediately be disqualified” from running for public office.

The movement is aimed at urging Congress to pass “at least one of the perfectly-viable [campaign finance] reform bills now pending before it,” the organization said. Failing to do so, the group says, will lead to more activists allowing themselves to be arrested.

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