Three Detained While Six Occupy Kuhl's Office in Fairport
Fairport, NYâ€”Today, August 6, at 11:30AM, six anti-war activists, associated with the Declaration of Peace Campaign and the Occupation Project, occupied the congressional office of Randy Kuhl (R-NY) demanding an immediate end to the war in Iraq. A simultaneous action occurred in Bath, NY at Kuhlâ€™s Southern Tier office where demonstrators were arrested.
The staff assistant for Kuhl, Robert Quinn, seemed overwhelmed by the intrusion of anti-war demonstrators and news mediaâ€”both independent and corporate. He said he wasnâ€™t able to do any work as his office was completely filled with activists. When questioned about whether the police would be called, he responded by saying that there were â€œno current plans.â€
Outside the office, 30 people assembled around noon with anti-war/â€support the troopsâ€ signs and banners lining Main Street outside of Kuhlâ€™s office located in Packettâ€™s Landing. (photos: 1 | 2 | 3)
The situation became tense when an irate Mr. Welker of Welker Property Management Inc. called the police to remove demonstrators from his property. Within a few hoursâ€”at the property ownerâ€™s persistenceâ€”three activists on the outside were detained and charged with trespassing. One activist had her camera confiscated and another had his camera inspected and photos reviewed before it was returned to the owner. (photos: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4)
Around 7:00PM police entered the Kuhl office and told the six activists that they were under arrest and would be going to Monroe County Jail. Police started handcuffing one occupant when they asked the others if they didnâ€™t mind just leaving in their escort without cuffs. Those inside agreed. Once everyone was outside, the police locked the door to Kuhlâ€™s office and told them they were free and to have a good nightâ€”much to the chagrin of activists. (photo: activists released)
9/17/07 UPDATE!: Not Guilty Plea For 3 Activists
Audio: These interviews were played in Kuhl's office.
Additional Information: Six Occupy Kuhl's Office in Fairport | 2 Anti-War Supporters Currently Detained | 9/11 activist arrested at anti-war action | BREAKING â€” Sit-in at Kuhlâ€™s office | â€œThey chose to do thisâ€ | Anti-War Activists Denied Access to Elected Representatives in Federal Building | Peace Activists Occupy Federal Building!