Democracy Spring: Police arrest 400 at U.S. Capitol in protest of money in politics

from Reuters

Police arrested more than 400 protesters outside the U.S. Capitol on Monday from Democracy Spring, an organization seeking to remove big money from politics and combat restrictive voter identification laws.

The mostly calm and orderly demonstration resulted in arrests for what the U.S. Capitol Police called “unlawful demonstration activity” such as crowding and obstruction.

Organizers vowed to repeat the demonstration every day for a week.

The protest was held “to demand Congress take immediate action to end the corruption of big money in our politics and ensure free and fair elections,” Democracy Spring said on its website.

The group lists actor Mark Ruffalo and academic Noam Chomsky and dozens of well-known activist groups among its supporters.

“We believe this is the people’s house, and Congress should be responsive to the people. We need to protect voting rights,” said Peter Callahan, the group’s communications coordinator.

Protesters hoisted a scarecrow-like effigy of a corporate lobbyist holding money bags and a sign reading, “Warning: Massive civil disobedience is next.”

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4 Responses

  1. why weren’t any “president” candidates there, telling how they want more “democracy”, especially ted cruz, who wants to be Mr. Constitution?

  2. It seems pretty strange and even somewhat naive for activists to ask the crooks to police themselves.

  3. https://twitter.com/RenieriArts

    This http://99rise.org (#DemocracySpring) is part od the same shit->OpenDemocracy:https://www.opendemocracy.net/about/supporters

    Organizers of #99rise “had an epiphany when they met Ivan Marovic,1 of the founding members of #Otpor” https://www.opendemocracy.net/civilresistance/matt-mulberry/civil-resistance-in-north-america-themes-from-james-lawson-institute

    ————————

    So, same shit over and over again, that is Controlled Opposition.
    and Otpor is: “We have met our enemy it is Us”.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/2000/12/11/us-advice-guided-milosevic-opposition/ba9e87e5-bdca-45dc-8aad-da6571e89448/

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