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Nine days police in DC arrested more people than they did during the Capitol siege

January 12, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The Senate Finance Committee holds a hearing about the proposed Graham-Cassidy Healthcare Bill in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill September 25, 2017 in Washington, DC. Demonstrators filled the hearing room and protested the legislation, the next in a series of Republican proposals to replace the Affordable Care Act, also called Obamacare.

Sixty-one: That's the number of arrests Washington, DC, police made the day rioters laid siege to the Capitol in protest of President-elect Joe Biden's electoral victory.

(CNN)Sixty-one: That's the number of arrests Washington, DC, police made the day rioters laid siege to the Capitol in protest of President-elect Joe Biden's electoral victory.

Numerous media outlets, including CNN, have provided comparisons between the arrests during Wednesday's siege and those made during the summer's Black Lives Matters protests in the capital.

Activists sat in First Street in an act of civil disobedience, reported the Washington Blade, an LGBTQ news outlet that quoted US Capitol Police saying the demonstrators were charged with crowding, obstructing and incommoding.

In the 14th week of protests, Joaquin Phoenix and Martin Sheen were among the stars who found themselves in custody, as Capitol Police verified scores of people were charged with crowding, obstructing or incommoding.

On two separate days in July, Capitol Police confirmed to CNN officers had arrested 80 and then 155 protesters who had entered the halls of Congress to engage in peaceful protests -- sit-ins, chanting, lying on the ground and the like.

The largest single-day arrest count from the protests, however, came in September, when demonstrators -- many of whom, Reuters reported, were in wheelchairs (most of them belonged to a disability rights group) -- delayed a Senate hearing.

On a single day of the lengthy protests, Capitol Police arrested more than 400 people for "unlawful demonstration activity," and they were charged with crowding, obstructing and incommoding.

But the May Day protests against the Vietnam War have been described as the "largest mass arrest" and "largest mass acquittal" of demonstrators in US history.

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