SACRAMENTO – Six people were arrested at a demonstration opposing the war in Iraq today – Thursday about 12:15 p.m. at the State Capitol near Gov. Schwarzenegger’s office.The California Highway Patrol charged the activists with several misdemeanors, including allegedly demonstrating without a permit and illegally entering the Capitol, and released them. The demonstrators have a July 23 court date.
The arrests took place following a “Freeze-In for Peace,” where about two dozen people participated in a demonstration that required them to freeze in place for five minutes. Similar “freeze-in” actions for peace are popping up all over the country.
“This is absolutely linked the budget deficit mess in California. Our share of the war in Iraq is $67 billion,” said Maggie Coulter, one of those arrested. “In fact, just spending the money for these officers to arrest peaceful demonstrators doing little more than what happens in a legislative hearing is also a waste of taxpayers’ money,” she added. [Contact: Paulette Cuilla 916/956-8678 or Maggie Coulter 916/456-1420 ]