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Democracy Spring 3: Police pushes protesters from Capitol
Mass arrests begin as Democracy Spring meets Black Lives Matter
2016-04-13 17:50:36 UTC
2016-04-13 18:25:05 UTC
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Capitol Police pushing back protesters during the third day of Democracy Spring demonstrations, after giving them final warnings to disperse or face arrest. The theme of the day’s sit-in is Black Lives Matter. Dozens of protesters have been arrested at the US Capitol during the third day of 'Democracy Spring' demonstrations. In addition to demanding an end to corporate money in politics, today's sit-in is about racial justice.
Along with the overall demands to remove corporate money from politics and ensure fair elections, Democracy Spring focused specifically on the black community on Wednesday, calling for “intentional investment” there. In addition to the overall demands to remove corporate money from politics and ensure fair elections, on Wednesday 'Democracy Spring' focused specifically on "racial justice" for the black community, calling for “intentional investment” there.
One difference between today's protest and the preceding marches on Monday and Tuesday is that the tourist area of the US Capitol was cordoned off from protesters by police tape, RT's Caleb Maupin noted.
“Rich people are the source of poverty and oppression… of black people” in the US, one protester told RT, adding that democracy was the key to dismantling white supremacy in the American South.
"We need a democracy in which Black Lives Matter," Democracy Spring organizer Kai Newkirk said on Twitter.
“Rich people are the source of poverty and oppression… of black people” in this country, one protester told RT. The week-long protest campaign began Monday, when over 400 activists occupied the steps on the east side of the Capitol building in order to bring attention to the problem of corporate funding for US politicians. Monday set the record for the largest number of arrests in a civil disobedience protest at the Capitol, according to the organizers.
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Scores of elderly protesters were detained on Tuesday. As they were being released, the main body of the activists proceeded to picket the Congressional Republican headquarters.