A handful of protesters, who are calling for President Trump’s removal from office, were arrested at the Senate on Thursday. Several activist groups chanted anti-Trump slogans and read the Impeachment Clause of the Constitution aloud in the halls in protest.
The demonstration comes as the upper chamber is set to begin the second phase of impeachment next week. House members officially delivered the articles of impeachment to the Senate on Thursday.
Protesters said they want the Senate to keep the Constitution in mind during their deliberations.
“We’re here to protest that Donald Trump is still the President of the United States. We’re here to support the movement to move forward with the trial now that the impeachment has been won, succeeded. So we’re here to encourage senators to do the right thing, to honor the Constitution.” – Paki Wieland, protester
Capitol Police said a total of 11 people were arrested. They have been charged with crowding and obstruction.
Demonstrator, Tae Phoenix, of Seattle, center, is taken into custody by Capitol Police after she refused to disperse during a protest in the rotunda of the Russell Senate Office Building at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020.
(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)