In a dramatic embodiment of a central theme this election cycle, police at the U.S. Capitol today arrested more than 400 demonstrators protesting the role of money in politics. The arrests reportedly were for “unlawful demonstration activity.”Via Fox News:
Hundreds of protesters flocked to the U.S. Capitol Monday for a demonstration against the role of money in politics, prompting arrests of more than 400 by the Capitol police force.
The demonstration was part of a series of “Democracy Spring” protests planned in Washington this week by a coalition of groups.
The demonstrators chanted slogans like “one person, one vote” and “money out of politics” as they sat on the East Front of the Capitol. One sign read “Things go better without Koch,” a reference to the billionaire businessmen David and Charles Koch, who have promised to lead an almost $900 million campaign to back favored candidates this election cycle.Oddly, they didn’t seem to mention one George Soros. Hmmm… (Could he be funding this movement?)
The demonstrators also protested state voter ID laws, saying they suppress voter participation. Another chant protested Democratic “superdelegates” — party figures, such as members of Congress, who are given votes at the Democratic National Convention but are not elected by primary elections or at party caucuses.
Police led dozens of protesters away in plastic handcuffs into a bus and shuttle vans, prompting cheers from the two groups of protesters, which were separated by a large police response.U.S. Capitol Police said Monday evening that more than 400 people had been arrested for unlawful demonstration activity.
Breitbart notes that the Democracy Spring organizers are a conglomeration of more than 100 left-wing organizations, including Move On, AFL-CIO and National Organization for women. The group has touted two non-progressive groups as part of the event.The two groups “are determined to get big money out of politics,” said Dylan Lazaro, one of the field organizers for the Democracy Spring group.
More events are slated for this week, including “Elders Standing for Democracy Spring ” on April 12, “Racial Justice Day” on April 13 and “Labor Solidarity Day” on the April 14.
As we’ve reported — and regular readers of this page are no doubt aware — voter angst is rising on the right side of the aisle as well these days, but demonstrations have not (yet) ensued.
[Note: this article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]