Second Day of Arrests in Front of White House - NBC4 Washington

Second Day of Arrests in Front of White House



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    In a second day of arrests, Park Police took 45 into custody outside the White House on Sunday. Activists protesting the Keystone XL oil pipeline have promised two weeks of demonstrations in Lafayette Park. (Published Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011)

    Forty-five activists protesting a proposed oil pipeline were taken away in restraints for the second straight day by U.S. Park Police.

    On Sunday, a large crowd formed in Lafayette Park, rallying against the unbuilt Keystone XL pipeline.  Plans call for the pipeline to stretch from the tar fields in Canada all the way to the Gulf of Mexico.

    The group organizing the protest, Tar Sands Action, said this pipeline is the most important decision President Obama has to make on the environment.  They told News4 the protests will continue for the next two weeks.

    On Saturday, Park Police arrested 65 protesters.

    Sgt. David Schlosser said the Park Police made the arrests for the violation of White House demonstration rules.  He said demonstrators are required to stay in the center portion of the sidewalk in front of the White House.