Wall Street Journal
- State police arrest a protester in a hallway outside Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office Thursday. AP
ALBANY–More than 20 people were arrested Thursday during a peaceful protest in the halls of the state Capitol as the result of a rally organized by a number of liberal advocacy groups.
Hundreds of people lined the hallways and staircase immediately outside the office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, carrying signs and shouting in support of increased education funding, against high-volume hydraulic fracturing and an array of others interests.
“Hey, hey, ho, ho. Gov. Cuomo’s got to go,” they shouted. “Fight, fight, fight, fight. Education is a right.” Groups at the protest included the Alliance for Quality Education, Citizen Action and New Yorkers Against Fracking, among others.
As of 2:30 pm, New York state police estimated that about 20 people had been arrested on charges of civil disobedience, with “another 40 or so to go, depending on what they do,” said Capt. Robert Patnaude, who monitored the protest in the corridor outside Mr. Cuomo’s office.
Major Steven James said the protest and number of arrests were consistent with similar events at the Capitol in years’ past. Protests often occur around the time the governor and legislators negotiate the state budget, which they are currently in the process of doing.
“At this point, it’s really an annual event,” Major James said. “We expect they’re going to come here and protest.”
Lawrence Parham, upstate campaign manager for Citizen Action, said the protestors had achieved their goals. “Civil disobedience was the primary message,” he said. “We wanted to show that people would be willing to go to jail for what they believe in.”
- A crowd of chanting, cheering demonstrators filled the hallway and stairways after rallying in the statehouse. AP