They were protesting the ObamaCare repeal effort
Gay New York City Councilman Corey Johnson (D-Manhattan) was arrested while protesting ObamaCare repeal efforts on Wednesday outside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s DC office.
Police officials said in a statement that officers responded to “demonstration activity” at 45 separate locations in Senate office buildings beginning about 2:15 p.m. Authorities said demonstrators were warned “to cease and desist with their unlawful demonstration activities” before police made arrests, the statement said.
Corey Johnson and 154 other protestors were charged with crowding, obstructing, or incommoding according to Police officials. The police reported “demonstration activity” at 45 separate locations in Senate office buildings starting around 2:15pm. Police said demonstrators were warned “to cease and desist with their unlawful demonstration activities” before arrests would be made. Five demonstrators also were charged with resisting arrest.
“Today I was arrested, in an act of peaceful civil disobedience, inside the United States Capitol at the office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell,” Corey Johnson wrote in a statement. “I and hundreds of others with preexisting medical conditions from around the country occupied the offices of Republican Senators and demanded that they immediately cease all efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.”
“I am HIV positive,” continued Corey. “As an elected official, I am lucky to have good health care. But there are countless others who could literally die if the Republicans get their way.”
The councilmen is calling on all Americans to contact the Senate and demand bi-partisan cooperation. “Please call the Senate switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and demand that Mitch McConnell and his conference begin working with Democrats to strengthen our health care system and ensure that all Americans have access to affordable, quality medical care.”