Over 1,000 People Arrested in Pro-Democracy Protests on Capitol Hill

Actress Rosario Dawson takes part in a demonstration on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, April 15, 2016.  The demonstration, called Democracy Spring, is advocating a set of reforms the organizers have dubbed the "democracy movement," demanding Congress amend campaign finance laws and restore the Voting Rights Act, among other actions. (PHOTO CREDIT: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Actress Rosario Dawson takes part in a demonstration on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, April 15, 2016. The demonstration, called Democracy Spring, is advocating a set of reforms the organizers have dubbed the “democracy movement,” demanding Congress amend campaign finance laws and restore the Voting Rights Act, among other actions. (PHOTO CREDIT: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Capitol Police said Monday that it has arrested more than 1,000 people demonstrating for reforms to how Americans vote and campaign in elections.

Police say 1,240 people have been arrested in the last seven days. That includes approximately 300 people on Monday alone on the Capitol’s east front steps that lead to the Rotunda. Most of the arrested protesters have been charged with unlawful crowding and obstruction.

People arrested during the protests include actress Rosario Dawson, campaign finance reform advocate Lawrence Lessig, a Harvard professor who ran for president in this cycle, and multiple top staffers for the liberal Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC).

Democracy Spring, the group organizing the protests, is calling on Congress to vote on bills to reform campaign finance laws, modernize voter registration and consider President Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court.

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SOURCE: The Hill, Cristina Marcos