Thursday, September 28, 2006

Protest at Chabot's Office Ends in Arrests

From the Enquirer Blog:

Giving Chabot a peace of their mind

Quan Truong reports:

Update, 9 am!

Two minors and five adults were arrested were taken to police headquarters in district one and charged with criminal trespassing. Shannon Isaacs, one of the seven, said the staff members and police were very professional.

A handful of people were arrested at U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot’s office downtown tonight after a seven hour sit-in.

The group arrived at Chabot’s office on the 30th floor of Carew Tower around 1 p.m. Tuesday, stating they would not leave the premises until Chabot signed a Congressional pledge to end the U.S. war and occupation in Iraq.

During the seven hours, supporters of Greater Cincinnati Declaration of Peace drifted in and out of the office. At one point, up to 20 people were inside. About nine people participated in the sit-in, issuing a group statement on why they were risking arrest.

Both sides maintain there was cooperation and mutual respect. Chabot’s staff accommodated the group with refreshments and bathroom keys. The group remained cordial and asserted their actions were aimed at the issue and not a personal vendetta against those at the Chabot’s office.

They were first asked to leave around 6:30 p.m. Security were called at 7 p.m. and about an hour later, Cincinnati police showed up to arrest those who remained.

Gary Lindgreen, Chabot’s chief of staff, said the arrest was peaceful and there was no commotion. The group’s spokesperson, Ellen Dienger, could not be reached Tuesday night.


At 9:28 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lindgreen is leear.


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