Troopers Arrest Protesters In Calif. Capitol

By Salon Staff

Published March 6, 2012 3:54AM (EST)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Highway Patrol officers have begun arresting protesters who remain inside the state Capitol, lifting them by the arms, handcuffing them with plastic ties and leading them out of the central rotunda area.

On Monday night, about 40 protesters remained in the state Capitol more than an hour after the building was closed and officers began threatening them with arrest. The number dwindled from about 100 after officers gave the order to leave.

The number of police soon outnumbered the protesters, who chanted, "No cuts, no fees, education must be free." They were part of a daylong protest over state budget cuts to education.

Hundreds more protesters and police officers remain outside; dozens of CHP officers in riot gear are standing in rows.

CHP spokeswoman Fran Clader says four people were arrested during protests earlier in the day.

Salon Staff

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