The Code Pink arrests, week 4
For the fourth Wednesday in a row, demonstrators gathered inside and out of U.S. Representative Virgil Goode's Charlottesville office to protest increased funding for the war in Iraq. Fueled by song, food, and indignation at Congress approving another $93 billion for the war effort, approximately 30 people gathered to watch the 10th and 11th office occupiers, Alexa Barratt, left, and Terry Lilley, get arrested for trespassing when they refused to leave at the 4:30 closing time.
"Futile silliness," declares Republican Tom McCrystal, who ran for the House of Delegates in 2005. He, too, was sitting in Goode's office, but said he was not part of the protest.
The first nine protesters will be in court April 6 for "Goode Friday," says Shelly Stern, who was arrested in the first sit-in February 21.