Good idea guys, let’s protest!
Oh wait, they’re arresting people?
I’m outta here. [Smith Bails on his fellow soldiers]
From Roll Call:
Five liberal House Democrats were arrested Monday morning outside the Sudanese Embassy during a protest of the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Darfur.
The lawmakers — Reps. Donna Edwards (Md.), Keith Ellison (Minn.), John Lewis (Ga.), Jim McGovern (Mass.) and Lynn Woolsey (Calif.) — were handcuffed in plastic restraints and charged with “incommoding” for their refusal to leave the scene, according to Alex Meixner, a spokesman for the Save Darfur Coalition. The lawmakers were expected to pay a $75 fine each for the misdemeanor charge and be free by Monday afternoon.
“They wanted to do something to get some attention and direct some much-needed political will to this issue,” Meixner said.
Republican Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) also attended the protest but was not arrested.