Six demonstrators were arrested Tuesday morning after refusing to leave Sen. Joe Lieberman’s (ID-Conn.) office in the Hart Senate Office Building.
Capitol Police spokeswoman Sgt. Kimberly Schneider said all were charged with unlawful entry. Tuesday’s protest was the second in Lieberman’s office in less than a week; nine demonstrators were arrested for a similar sit-in on Thursday.
CodePink and Mobilization for Health Care for All were involved in both sit-ins, protesting Lieberman’s threat to filibuster the health care reform bill. Joan Stallard, a CodePink member who watched Tuesday as police carted off her colleagues, accused Lieberman of accepting money from the insurance industry and thus voting in the interests of those companies.
“As an independent, we expected him to be voting with Democrats,— she said, later adding, “When the people’s lives are at stake, there shouldn’t be any hesitation.—