Five US reps arrested in Darfur protest with several others

Just got a call from DC; Scott Schaeffer-Duffy says that US Reps Jim McGovern (D-MA), Jim Moran (D-VA), John Olver (D-MA), Tom Lantos (D-CA), and Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) were just arrested for blocking the steps of the Sudanese embassy to protest the ongoing genocide in Darfur.

Also arrested, according to Scott, were “four or five religious leaders” and one of the leaders of a student group.

“Tremendous media almost blocking the whole sidewalk.”

40-50 supporters were also there.

Scott described the arrests thus: “Three warnings, stood on the stairs, handcuffed and arrested.”

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