Capitol Police Arrest 41 ‘Remove Trump’ Protesters, Charge Them With ‘Crowding, Obstructing or Incommoding’
The Capitol Police arrested 41 “Remove Trump” protesters on Wednesday after they swarmed the Hart Senate Building.
The demonstrators were chanting for Trump to be removed from office and for more witnesses to be called in the trial.
The Hill reports that groups involved in the protest included Public Citizen, Women’s March, Center for Popular Democracy Action, Stand Up America, March for Truth, Demand Justice and the Poor People’s Campaign.
BREAKING: Hart Senate Office Building is full of protesters. At least hundreds more in all security lines stretched around the block. Are GOP Senators listening? Americans know they are trying to cover this up. We won’t let them. #WeWantWitnesses
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) January 29, 2020
“The Republicans are rigging this trial and the one force that could actually change this equation is the power of the people coming out in the streets and demanding witnesses, demanding evidence and demanding conviction and removal,” Rafael Kadaris, a protester with RefuseFacism.org, a front group for the Revolutionary Communist Party, a cult lead by Bob Avakian, told The Hill.
— MoveOn (@MoveOn) January 29, 2020
— Valerie Ploumpis (@vploumpis) January 29, 2020
The arrests began when the protesters moved to the Capitol Building steps and unfurled a giant banner with the impeachment clause of the US Constitution printed on it.
Those arrested have been charged with “crowding, obstructing or incommoding.”
The Senate is scheduled to vote on Friday on whether or not more witnesses will be called, including neocon former National Security Advisor John Bolton.