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18 protesters arrested in Capitol sit-in

18 protestors from Poor People's Campaign arrested at state Capitol

Eighteen protesters participating in a demonstration by the California Poor People's Campaign were arrested in the State Capitol the night of Monday, May 21, the group said in a Facebook post. The protesters staged a sit-in the Capitol for six hours.
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Eighteen protesters participating in a demonstration by the California Poor People's Campaign were arrested in the State Capitol the night of Monday, May 21, the group said in a Facebook post. The protesters staged a sit-in the Capitol for six hours.

Eighteen protesters participating in a demonstration by the California Poor People's Campaign, were arrested in the State Capitol Monday night, the group said in a Facebook post.

The protesters staged a sit-in the Capitol for six hours and were taken into custody by California Highway Patrol around 9 p.m. after they refused to leave when the Capitol closed at 6 p.m.

The group was demanding to talk to Gov. Jerry Brown about criminal justice reform and poverty in California.

"We want you to work on every system of poverty," said one of the protesters in a live stream on Facebook. "Those systems that make people poor and keep people poor. And every single one of those systems we want you to break."

California Highway Patrol began releasing some of the protesters by 7 a.m. Tuesday, the group said in another Facebook post.

Molly Sullivan: 916-321-1176, @SullivanMollyM

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