October 22nd, 2007
11:55 AM ET
12 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. Albee Darned, Dallas, TX

    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).
    Jeff, can you even define what a neocon is or do you just parrot the DNC company line?

    It cracks me up how obsessively anti-Hilary Neocons always are, when she is the Dem's closest candidate to their Great Decider.
    News Flash – she only thinks she's the great decider. Ask any Obama supporter

    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.

    As opposed to the squash-free-speech-rights of non-liberals on college campuses – UN-hugging US- bashing 'will leave the country if Bush is elected' pseudo-intellectuals who want to create the biggest controlling nannystate by electing the 'promising to fund everything from womb to tomb and tax everyone wearing shoes' Hillary Clinton.

    Yeah – we centris and non-liberal types really have it upside down.

    October 22, 2007 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  2. Jimmy Chicago, IL

    It is not unconstitutional for a government (federal, state, or local) to regulate assembly and speech with regard to the location and timing of that assembly and speech.

    October 22, 2007 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  3. Trang, Fremont, CA

    The monks protested in Myanmar, they receive support from the world as the government crack them down, yet when there are protestors in this country, they are locked up, accused of unlawful assembly – what's the difference? Is is because the others were monks, while these are regular folks? Perhaps we can see others, but we can't see ourselves. Perhaps we can criticize others, but we can't criticize ourselves.

    October 22, 2007 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Protesting is not illegal. Blocking the door, however, was.

    Lawbreakers go to jail. What a refreshing thought.

    Next time, try to do it legally.

    October 23, 2007 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  5. Jason, Ripon, WI

    These people aren't wackos or kooks. THEY ARE THE ONLY ONES W/ENOUGH BALLS TO ACTUALLY STAND UP TO THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION. If we were ALL out there protesting the government couldn't deny us. The government should fear it's people, not the other way around. What is wrong with all of you? Has television hypnotized you all beyond help and reason????!

    October 23, 2007 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  6. "Antonio", Tempe AZ

    Tom – Dedham, Mass

    Props to you. You are pro-war and you enlisted – I have no problem with that. You decided that Iraq is worth putting your tail on the line and have acted according to your ideals. If you are at peace serving alongside unaccountable mercenaries making much more money, well more power to you.

    Personally, I don't believe it's worth the blood or the money to keep you and the rest of the military deployed in Iraq. It doesn't have anything to do with bleeding hearts or cutting and running. If we're going to put our troops lives at risk we should risk them for a cause worth fighting.

    Getting back to the protestors – I'm pretty sure pissing off Republicans was what they set out to do and apparently they succeeded.

    ps – I like the quotation marks you put around my name and have decided to keep them for a while.

    October 23, 2007 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  7. Eric, from THE Republic of Texas

    You liberals are so CUTE!

    Say anything with which a liberal might possibly disagree and they fall to the floor, spinning and foaming at the mouth, in a possessed, little spaz fit.

    There was mention that I badmouthed McGovern. Not at all. The gentleman was indeed a fine Army Air Corps bomber pilot and without men of his caliber, the Second World War would have indeed been a much tougher fight. As a nation, we are all greatly endebted to great men like McGovern.

    However, his showing in the 1972 Presidential Elections was "less than stellar." Can we all agree on that point? Nixon trounced the guy.

    I'm afraid if good, honest Democrats don't wrestle control back from the radicals who have hijacked their party, the Democrat party will quickly go the way of the Whigs.

    Don't belive me that your party is in trouble from radicals? Check out this past weekend's Realtime with Bill Maher.

    His in-studio audience was infiltrated by a bunch of kooky, wacko, nutjob, tinfoil-hat wearing dangerous radical liberals. It shows you the delicate nature of the party right now, when Bill Maher of all people, finds himself in the rare position of defending the Bush Administration against 9/11 Conspiracy Kooks.

    October 23, 2007 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  8. Sam, Nashville, TN

    Ah, yes, there is that liberal "tolerance" of which we're so often reminded.

    I was told that my views are "narrow minded." That's lib-speak for "any views with which I disagree."

    Conservatives don't consider liberal views "narrow minded" or "hate speech." We just think they're naive, and dare I say, so "College-Freshman-Year."

    Posted By Eric, from THE Republic, yes, the REPUBLIC, of Texas : October 22, 2007 5:19 pm

    Dare I say I think it's College-Freshman-Year for you at a low income community college. What do you think liberals think of conservatives views, please dare don't say you think it's good. Smash another empty beer can on your head and toss another piece of steak on the grill and keep dreaming.

    October 23, 2007 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  9. Henry Tucker, Ga

    Kate Aurora CO,

    You asked me, "Henry Tucker: so to you and all the other republicans, exercising your right to free speech and protests makes you a "wacko"? "


    Sweetie pie – if you EVER catch me dancing in doorways of Congress wearing a Polar Bear outfit crying for President Bush to be arrested – you can call me a wacko!

    You then suggest I'm wacko for supporting the effort our President is making in Afghanistan and Iraq. Gee, Kate, you're impuning the good reputation of 160,000 men and women of our armed forces who are there doing their best. You're words, no doubt, are cheered and 2nd by Al Qaeda, Ba'athist, the Taliban, Bin Laden, and every other terrorist organization plotting against us.

    Good Job, honey. Now go fetch me a beer and bath the kids. 🙂 (that was tongue in cheek if you couldn't get my dry sense of humor)

    October 24, 2007 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
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