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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.