Forty-one people participating in a protest for disability rights were arrested for breaking through the closed off area in front of the White House Monday. Those who were arrested, most of whom had disabilities, were released after negotiations between a group leader and police.
The area to the north of the White House has been blocked off since last Monday’s bombings in Boston
Participants in the protest, which was organized by ADAPT, called for President Barack Obama to provide more opportunities for people with disabilities to live in communities rather than facilities.
After protesters were arrested, the group chanted “I’d rather go to jail than die in a nursing home”.
Protesters cheered after each of the people who were cited returned to the group. Some waved their yellow citations above their head in triumph.
The protest proceeded with a police escort from southwest D.C. to the White House. ADAPT embraces the use of civil disobedience and has seen protesters arrested before.