More than 400 people protesting the role of big money in politics outside the U.S. Capitol were arrested on Monday. The non-violent demonstration, which was organized by the advocacy group Democracy Spring and involved members of over 100 individual groups, was the first of similar rallies planned for this week.
According to police, protesters on Monday were arrested for “unlawful demonstration activity” and charged with “crowding, obstructing, and incommoding.”
Protesters still in jail. There are so many arrested that they’re being held inside a warehouse. #DemocracySpring pic.twitter.com/fuQPJMdCP3
— Joel Franco (@OfficialJoelF) April 12, 2016
Protesters at #DemocracySpring wait to be arrested by US Capitol Police pic.twitter.com/dBmUUK4OOg
— Sarah Mimms (@SarahMMimms) April 11, 2016
The Democracy Spring website claims 3,500 people have pledged to participate in this week’s demonstrations. The April events come on the heels of a 10-day march from Philadelphia to Washington.