Politics|Chairwoman of Congressional Black Caucus is arrested portion protesting connected Capitol Hill.
- July 15, 2021, 9:32 p.m. ET
The chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, Representative Joyce Beatty, was arrested connected Thursday connected Capitol Hill on with 8 activists who were demonstrating for voting rights.
“You tin apprehension me. You can’t halt me. You can’t soundlessness me,” Ms. Beatty, an Ohio Democrat, wrote successful a tweet aft her apprehension by the U.S. Capitol Police successful the atrium of a Senate bureau building. A newsman connected the country noted connected Twitter that her hands had been bound with zip ties earlier she was led away.
The Capitol Police said successful a statement that the protesters had violated a Washington instrumentality against crowding oregon blocking streets oregon definite spaces successful nationalist buildings. The protesters were warned earlier they were detained, the constabulary said.
Ms. Beatty and a radical of activists were protesting the languishing of the John Lewis Voting Rights Act and the For the People Act successful Congress. The 2 bills purpose successful portion to support and grow entree to voting, but some are facing agelong likelihood of becoming law.
Democrats, who person constrictive legislature majorities and request Republican votes to flooded a filibuster successful the Senate, person expressed frustration for months implicit their inability to walk their expansive voting overhauls arsenic Republican authorities legislatures unreserved to walk laws that restrict voting rights crossed the country.
President Biden this week called the combat against restrictive voting laws the “most important trial of our ideology since the Civil War,” adjacent arsenic helium seemed to admit that the authorities had small anticipation of passing.
In a statement aft her arrest, Ms. Beatty remained defiant.
“I basal successful solidarity with Black women and allies crossed the state successful defence of our law close to vote,” she said. “We person travel excessively acold and fought excessively hard to spot everything systematically dismantled and restricted by those who privation to soundlessness us.”