Shadow Senator, 2 Others Arrested at DC Vote Protest

Friday, Apr 15, 2011  |  Updated 1:41 PM EDT
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Three people, including Shadow Senator Michael Brown, were arrested Friday on Capitol Hill.

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Three people, including D.C.'s shadow senator, were arrested during a DC Vote silent protest Friday afternoon outside the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill.

Between 50 and 100 protesters, including many students, formed a "silent ring" around the building while wearing "Taxation Without Representation apparel and gags over their mouths.

Shadow Senator Michael Brown was one of three people who were arrested when they sat down in the middle of the street. One of those arrested wore a George Washington mask.

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and 40 other people were arrested Monday in another protest.

Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton applauded the student participation in the protest, noting that she was a member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee when she was in school.

“Students have been at the core of mass movements,” Norton said in a press release. “With their daring spirit and their freedom from the past, students can lead in ushering change. Youth leadership was pivotal during the civil rights movement and, most recently, during the 2008 presidential election.”

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