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Arrests made in civil disobedience for Indy Janitors

Haylee Brannon
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Dozens of protesters rallying in support of janitors were taken into custody Tuesday after blocking traffic at an intersection in Downtown Indianapolis, according to police and a union spokeswoman.

Claire Pollard, a research and public affairs analyst with Service Employees International Union Local 1, told IndyStar that about 100 protesters — a mix of janitors, activists and other supporters — gathered outside Regions Tower in the 200 block of North Pennsylvania Street.

After a few janitors spoke, approximately 50 protesters took to the intersection of Ohio and Pennsylvania streets as an act of “civil disobedience” at around 4:30 p.m., Pollard said. Indianapolis Metropolitan Police officers arrived at the scene and took protesters into custody.

Police loaded many of them onto buses by 5 p.m., according to Fox59.

“The workers in particular felt strongly that they needed to do whatever it takes to show the importance of this cause,” Pollard told IndyStar.

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