Rosario Dawson was arrested on Friday after she crossed the police line at the Democracy Spring Protest at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.
According to US Weekly, the Daredevil actress was arrested and released on Friday, April 15 for “crowding, obstructing, or incommoding” after she crossed the marked police lines during the rally. Dawson admitted that she and the other protesters were warned many times before she was finally apprehended.
“This is a tremendous issue and I’m grateful that I could be here and be a part of it,” Dawson told reporters. “I wanted for me, personally, to be in solidarity with the people who put themselves on the line.”
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“I think there was maybe a desire to not particularly maybe have me arrested because they didn’t want that to be put out there,” Rosario added.
“So we got up when they walked away and we sat down and we were arrested … We were putting ourselves on the line for what a lot of people across America and I think across the planet really want to be able to see happen in America, which is one person, one vote, and to really take the money out of politics so that we can have fair elections where real progressives and people can be going up and running for office and be seen and we can have true options for our leadership.”
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Dawson, who could be seen wearing a leather jacket with Bernie Sanders’ face painted on it while carrying a sign that read “Overturned Citizens United,” was not handcuffed during the incident, but she was fined $50. Although Rosario was arrested for her actions, she said she was “grateful” for the way the police handled the situation, Entertainment Tonight reports.
“The police were really great with us and really lovely, I have to say that is not the case for so many people,” Dawson said.
This isn’t the first time Rosario Dawson has been arrested. She was previously apprehended while at a rally protesting former U.S. President George W. Bush in 2004.
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Democracy Spring is a group determined to “save Democracy.” From April 2-11, thousands marched 140 miles from Philadelphia to Washington D.C. to take part in peaceful sit-ins from April 11-18 “to demand Congress take immediate action to end the corruption of big money in our politics and ensure free and fair elections in which every American has an equal voice.”
“We will demand that Congress listen to the People and take immediate action to save our democracy,” the site reads. “And we won’t leave until they do — or until they send thousands of us to jail, along with the unmistakable message that our country needs a new Congress, one that will end the legalized corruption of our democracy and ensure that every American has an equal voice in government.”
— Rosario Dawson (@rosariodawson) April 15, 2016
“On Monday, April 18th, we will make them listen: join us as Democracy Awakens and we open the door to reforms previously considered impossible,” the site explained before asking those who could not attend to join the movement.
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