Sixteen protesters were arrested on trespassing charges during an anti-racism demonstration at the State House Monday evening, officials said.
The 13 women and three men were part of a Massachusetts Poor People’s Campaign event to address the intersection of racism, poverty, and xenophobia, said Savina Martin, a spokeswoman for the group.
Monday’s protest marked the second rally in a larger six-week-long campaign called “A National Call for Moral Revival,” Martin said.
The protesters “refused requests to disperse after the building closed for the night,” State Police spokesman Dave Procopio said.
At that point, officers “offered to summons them to court on trespassing charges in lieu of arresting them” if they agreed to leave, but they refused and “maintained their desire to be arrested,” Procopio said.
“Some people made a collective decision that we stay out of because that’s a very personal preparation,” Martin said. “But as the folks got together and spoke, they came out with a decision to show courage, dedication, and commitment, and lay their bodies on the line to call attention to the trauma of violence.”
The 16 people were taken into custody and booked on trespassing charges around 7 p.m. They were released later Monday night, Martin said, and are scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday morning at Boston Municipal Court
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