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Police Arrest 10 Tea Partiers Outside Pelosi Office

TPMDC’s Christina Bellantoni reports on a wild scene over at the Cannon House Office Building, following Rep. Michele Bachmann’s (R-Minn.) anti-health care reform Tea Party on the Capitol steps, after which attendees were encouraged to storm congressional offices and confront representatives.

U.S. Capitol Police arrested 10 people this afternoon after the Capitol Hill Tea Party crowd stormed Congressional office buildings.

Sgt. Kimberly Schneider, public information office for the Capitol Police, told TPMDC the arrests happened in the Cannon House building as tea partiers attempted to protest Speaker Nancy Pelosi about health care.

They were charged with unlawful entry (entering a Congressional office and refusing to leave when told to do so) and/or disorderly conduct (yelling in the hallway outside an office) at Room 235 in the Cannon House Office Building.

Room 235 is Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office for district business, not where she conducts her duties as Speaker. That’s handled at an office in the Capitol building.

Also of note, Tea Partiers apparently view themselves as the vanguard of a modern civil rights movement.

[P]rotesters in the crowd watching the arrests were furious. They shouted “Let them go!” and one man yelled at the police that “Martin Luther King” was being dishonored and shouted “Letter from Birmingham Jail!”

I guess Nancy Pelosi would be Bull Connor in this analogy.

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