Gray, council members arrested during protest

Demonstrate on Capitol Hill against restrictions on D.C. government

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None in the group resisted arrest, and the crowd cheered and applauded them between chants of “We’re fired up, can’t take it no more,” “We say free D.C., we run this town, we’ll shut it down,” and “taxation without representation.”

Onlookers and passers-by said that while they didn’t necessarily agree with the demonstrators, they supported them in making their views known.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the proceeding,” said Adam Baron, a native of Arkansas.

Chris Cannon, who has lived in the District for three months, said he pays income taxes to the District but continues to maintain his Connecticut residence so he can vote there.

“Otherwise, I wouldn’t have a vote,” Mr. Cannon said.

A mother with three boys who wanted to watch the goings-on, pulled the boys away to continue on their travels.

“Come on guys,” she said. “The mayor is getting arrested.”

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Deborah Simmons

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Award-winning opinion writer Deborah Simmons is a senior correspondent who reports on City Hall and writes about education, culture, sports and family-related topics. Mrs. Simmons has worked at several newspapers, and since joining The Washington Times in 1985, has served as editorial-page editor and features editor and on the metro desk. She has taught copy editing at the University of ...

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