U.S. Capitol Police have reportedly arrested 138 people on Monday in the wake of the protests by the Green New Deal supporters at the Capitol Hill office of House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Fox News informed.
“Today, the United States Capitol Police arrested 138 individuals for unlawfully demonstrating in the Cannon and Longworth House Office Buildings. All were charged with D.C. Code §22-1307, Crowding, Obstructing, or Incommoding,” said Eva Malecki, communications director of the United States Capitol Police.
Hundreds of young protesters appeared on Monday on Capitol Hill to pressure Democrats on a package of ambitious environmental goals – including a nationwide transition to 100-percent power from renewable sources within 10 years – that’s been dubbed the Green New Deal, Fox News informed.
The Green New Deal which already has the support from the Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., an increasingly influential figure on the left, is made to nudge some prospective Democratic presidential candidate to stake out aggressive positions on climate change.
Organizers with the Sunrise Movement activist group have framed their approach as a make-or-break issue for Democratic voters, particularly young voters.
However, they’re fighting recent history on that point. Other issues dominated the debate during the 2016 Democratic presidential primary, and climate change barely registered during the 2016 general election.
Stephen O’Hanlon, a spokesman for the Sunrise Movement, said, “Any senators or any other politician who wants the votes of young people in 2020 needs to back a Green New Deal that would transform our economy and create millions of new jobs stopping climate change.”
“What’s your plan?” read signs held up by protesters. Others said, “Do your job” and “No more excuses.”