October 22nd, 2007
11:55 AM ET
11 years ago

Dozens of Capitol Hill protesters arrested

Protesters block the entrance to the Cannon House Office Building on Monday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Police on Monday arrested dozens of protesters who blocked the doors and streets outside congressional buildings near the U.S. Capitol.Nearly 60 were arrested on various charges, including unlawful assembly, said Sgt. Kimberly Schneider, spokeswoman for the U.S. Capitol police.

Police handcuffed a female protester dressed in a black pullover emblazoned with "Blackwater" and the U.S. security contractor's paw print symbol.

- CNN Producer Paul Courson

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  1. Henry Tucker, Ga

    Gosh – I hope these wackos will be out of jail soon. The primaries are coming and Hillary needs the votes!

    October 22, 2007 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  2. ronnie knoxville tn

    I m guessing that the men and women protesting are people who served but had delusions of grandeur, and didn't become 'heroes' themselves in the military, or leftover hippies... he he he

    October 22, 2007 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  3. josh, austin, tx

    Across the nation 100 donkeys collected in DC to be arrested. That's awesome!

    October 22, 2007 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  4. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    Don't tase me bro.........

    October 22, 2007 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  5. Chris Orange, CA

    Anyone here remember the 60's? John Lennon and company had these same comments made about them when they stood up for what they believed. OH, sorry, standing up fo individual thought is totally UN-AMERICAN, isn't it?

    October 22, 2007 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Why only dozens? Everybody on this board should get off our butts and go protest with them. It's shameful that Bush vetoed healthcare for poor kids, citing the budget, then he today asks for another 40 billion so that some more soldiers can get wasted in Iraq.

    October 22, 2007 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  7. Chris, FL

    The last time I checked, we used to have freedom of assembly. How can there be unlawful assembly?

    I'm not a Republican or Democrat, but you guys making fun of these people are sickening. What if this was for your cause? What if this was for something that most Americans believed in? No where does this say it had to do with war. Perhaps they are homeless wearing hand downs.

    You people suck.

    October 22, 2007 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  8. Chris, FL

    So I was wrong about the war part. 😉 I still think it sucks some of you cheer on the fact that our bill of rights are being trampled though.

    October 22, 2007 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  9. Henry Tucker, Ga

    Chris – Orange, CA

    Back in the 60's protestors were fighting "the draft" – doesn't exist today. Back in the 60's American deaths in Vietnam were topping 50,000 – Iraq/Afghanistan @ 4000.

    John Lennon was a dope-smoking peacenic which insulted those vets that sacrificed their lives. Protesting isn't illegal or un-American. Notice, though, THESE protestors were arrested. Yeah... I guess it must be un-American for the police to inforce the laws in your world, Chris?

    October 22, 2007 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  10. WDRussell, East Liverpool, Ohio

    Hurry up right wingers post about how they are all unemployeed and on welfare. That is your normal answer to people who believe they still have a right to an opinion in this country

    October 22, 2007 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  11. Amy, FL


    You are absolutely right.
    And why is it that when people protest this reprehensible government, they are called whackos? Someone shared the following with me a few years ago after Bush was re-elected and the fear that he would get us all killed started to rise.

    "The notion that a radical is one who hates his country is naive and usually idiotic. He is, more likely, one who likes his country more than the rest of us, and is thus more disturbed than the rest of us when he see is debauched. He is not a bad citizen turning to crime; he is a good citizen driven to despair." H.L. Mencken

    October 22, 2007 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  12. Eric, from THE Republic of Texas

    Yippee! Keep on acting like kooks, liberals!

    The elections are a mere 12 months away. The kookier you act, the more we can record for posterity later! (ie campaign commercials)

    I'm hoping you nutjobs will escalate this nonsense right up to your very own McGovern Moment come election day.

    Then, maybe then, the actual Democrats can wrestle control of their party back from the the neo-McGovernites (ie Move.On.org robots).

    October 22, 2007 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  13. Eric, from THE Republic of Texas

    Let's see... where was I this morning, on Monday morning, a work day?

    Oh, that's right, I was at work, earning a living for my family, while these kooks were out "protesting."

    There is a very good reason why conservatives don't turn out to protest in the tens or hundreds of thousands... because WE'RE AT WORK!

    You really should try it some time.

    October 22, 2007 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  14. Jeff, Schaumburg, IL

    Henry Tucker from GA, I thought you Neocon types only hated supporters of the Constitution and the Principles of the United States of America (except for a select few you care about).

    It cracks me up how obsessively anti-Hilary Neocons always are, when she is the Dem's closest candidate to their Great Decider.

    Anyhow, the Anti-Constitution, Free-Spending, Large Federal Government, pro-Foreign-Interventionist Neocon types should generally be the ones supporting Hilary, at least as their preferred 'enemy' candidate.

    October 22, 2007 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  15. Antonio, Tempe AZ

    Sounds like a fun way to exercise your first amendment rights to the extent that the continue to exist.

    Also, who supports our troops more?

    A) High school and college kids having a creative, if ineffectual war protest over the use of mercenaries in Iraq, or

    B) Conservatives blithely supporting endless war in Iraq and Afghanistan, extending tours of duty and shortening time between deployments.

    I asked one of my army buds what someone do if they support both the war and the troops. He told me they should sign up.


    There's a link for Henry, ronnie, josh and the rest. Type in your zip and it'll show you the way to the nearest recruiting station.

    Bonus question:

    Who do soldiers in Iraq hate more

    A) Hippy kids protesting the use of mercenaries in Iraq, or

    B) Mercenaries in Iraq?

    October 22, 2007 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  16. Chris, Middletown, CT

    They have the right to assemble – not block buildings....and we have the right to call them the losers they are....see....freedom to express your opinion.....(and as a Republican....I actually research my stance on issues....not be spoon fed by the DNC)

    October 22, 2007 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  17. Sam,Nashville,TN

    Well Eric why don't you get back to work on this Monday and quit posting your narrow minded comments.

    October 22, 2007 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  18. Chris Orange, CA

    Note to Eric:
    Texas, no matter how big your ego, is still just a state like the other 49, not an individual 'Republic.' The only difference is you provided us with the Bush family, Haliburton and the like. I don't see that as something to be proud of or brag about.
    And the Cowboys suck, too.

    October 22, 2007 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  19. john williams san diego, ca.

    the arrests prove the point we don't want a draft..for the safety of my grand children and future great grand children, i would not want those self delusional cowards trying to protect our country...

    October 22, 2007 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  20. Chris Orange, CA

    Second note to Eric.
    If your at work, what are you doing wasting workplace bandwidth posting texts to CNN????

    October 22, 2007 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  21. Henry Tucker, Ga

    Chris – FL,

    You asked, "How can their be unlawful assembly?"

    Read the article, dude,

    "Earlier, police had warned the protesters dressed in Blackwater gear, as well as others in military fatigues, not to block the doorway or they would be arrested. They sat on the steps pretending to hold weapons in their hands."

    AMY – FL

    You asked, "And why is it that when people protest this reprehensible government, they are called whackos? "

    If you too read the article you would see that some protestors were dressed in Polar Bear suits dancing on the side walk, crying arrest Bush.

    Wow – THAT sounds sane?????

    October 22, 2007 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  22. Chris Orange, CA

    You dod what you gotta do to make a point. If they were just standing round in IBM blue suits, would anyone from CNN have noticed? Would we be blogging about them? NO WAY! What they did was the absolutely correct way to get a point across. And as stated in an earlier posting, thaat is what America is about. Making a point. Calling people whackos for standing up for their beliefs, even if they differ from yours is pure anti-Americanism. Are you really that anti-American? If so, you are the whacko.

    October 22, 2007 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  23. Karen,nj

    The American people have a right to protest whenever we want as long as you get the permit first. That will never stop. Remember one thing. Politicians are suppose to represent the American people, that is the only reason they are there. If they can not do that properly then they should be thrown out. PERIOD

    October 22, 2007 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  24. Henry Tucker, GA

    Jeff, Schaumburg, IL

    You wrote, "It cracks me up how obsessively anti-Hilary Neocons always are, when she is the Dem's closest candidate to their Great Decider."


    Jeff – but it's so fun and easy to ridicule Hillary. She is the quintessential politician: fiercly defensive about others respecting her views – yet is only concerned with Billy-boys affairs if/when they become public, moves to NY because Ark wouldn't have her, calls for "Change" in Washington DC while she takes in millions from special interest groups and chinese dishwashers.

    Aside from her blatant hypocrisy – there is a small place in my heart reserved for the defeat of Hillary. Aside from her politics, I just don't respect WHO she is – blind political ambition at all cost.

    Considering Hillary carries with her the HIGHEST negative ratings of any Presidential candidate... EVER... seems there are many more people out there that feel just like me.

    October 22, 2007 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  25. Chris Orange,CA

    Hey Karen,

    Just wondering, who gave George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin and compnay a permit to protest?

    Sounds like Karen loves good old King George (take that name as you will).

    October 22, 2007 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
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