Disability rights activists staged a “die in” in front of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office on Thursday resulting in more than forty people being removed and arrested. Activists staged the protest on the same day Republicans released their new health care plan. The new plan calls for large cuts to medicaid
According to CNN.com:“Forty-three protesters were arrested and charged with “crowding, obstructing, or incommoding,” Capitol Police said in a statement.
“Many of the demonstrators, as part of their protest activities, removed themselves from their wheelchairs and lay themselves on the floor, obstructing passage through the hallway and into nearby offices,” the police statement read.
McConnell’s office referred to Capitol Police for comment.
Alison Barkoff, protest participant and director of advocacy for the Center for Public Representation, told CNN, “This is a tax cut to the wealthiest Americans on the backs of people with disability.” “These are literally people outside who are taking over McConnell’s office who are on ventilators and wheelchairs,” she said. “Many of the people with disabilities were forcible removed. They were literally carried from the space out to a separate area.”
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