16 arrested in protest at Kansas Statehouse

The Poor People's Campaign held a rally

Kansas Highway Patrol troopers arrested 16 people during protests at the state capitol building in Topeka on Monday. 

The Patrol said a rally was staged by a group called the Poor People's Campaign on the second floor rotunda.  Several people moved outside the area allowed for the protest, and they sat outside the office of Governor Colyer, yelling chants and singing. 

The KHP said the demonstrators were given a five-minute warning to move back to the protest area, and most complied, but 16 people who refused to leave were arrested for criminal trespass, which is a misdemeanor.  They were booked into the Shawnee County jail.

Governor Colyer released a statement saying he appreciates the advocacy of the protesters, but he continues to support work requirements for able-bodied adults on government welfare programs, and he opposes the expansion of Obamacare in Kansas. 

 

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