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17 charges with disorderly conduct at state capitol

Mar 03, 2011 9:44 am

The Glens Falls Post-Star reports that state police have said they would be charging the 17 protesters they arrested in the state capitol on March 2 with disorderly conduct, and arraigned the 17 before a judge and released them later Wednesday. Handfuls of demonstrators held long banners across the stairways and escalator leading to Empire State Plaza and to three Capitol corridors. forcing state workers and visitors "to struggle past or step over, sometimes with troopers’ help, or seek another route... Dozens of other protesters streamed around the Capitol lobby carrying signs calling for jobs, housing and higher taxes on the rich. One carried an American flag." Protest organizer Wanda Hernandez, a board member from the activist group VOCAL New York, said the group opposes cutting social programs and closing hospitals and schools while letting an income tax surcharge on the wealthiest New Yorkers expire after this year. Footage shot by Karen DeWitt for WXXI-FM of Rochester.