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Protesters arrested after refusing to leave Michigan Capitol

May 30, 2018

Police say more than a dozen protesters have been arrested after refusing to leave the rotunda of the Michigan Capitol.

Police say 19 people were arrested yesterday after they refused to leave the Capitol building when it closed at 5 p.m.
Credit Lester Graham / Michigan Radio file photo

Michigan State Police say in a statement about 125 people were on the floor off the Capitol rotunda Tuesday afternoon and were required to leave the building when it closed at 5 p.m. Police say 19 refused and were arrested for trespassing.

The protest was part of the "Michigan Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival." Protesters on Tuesday sought to raise interest in issues related to war, militarism and national priorities. Police say those arrested were given appearance citations, so they weren't jailed.

The same group protested May 21 at the Grand Tower building in Lansing, where 16 arrests were made. Weekly protests are planned through mid-June.