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House Democrats arrested at immigration rally. Why? (+video)

House Democrats arrested: At least eight Democratic members of the House were among about 200 people arrested during a massive rally seeking to push Republicans to vote on a stalled immigration reform bill.

By Luis Alonso LugoAssociated Press / October 8, 2013

From left, House Democrat Congressmen Al Green, Raul Grijalva, Keith Ellison, Luis Gutierrez, John Lewis, and Joseph Crowley march on Capitol Hill during a immigration rally in Washington, on Tuesday, Oct. 8, seeking to push Republicans to hold a vote on a stalled immigration reform bill.

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At least eight Democratic members of the House were among about 200 people arrested Tuesday after they blocked a main street near the Capitol during a massive rally seeking to push Republicans to hold a vote on a stalled immigration reform bill.

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Police would not identify those arrested. Representatives of the social policy organization Center for Community Change and The Associated Press witnessed the arrests of Democratic Reps. John Lewis of Georgia, Luis Gutiérrez of Illinois, Raúl Grijalva of Arizona, Keith Ellison of Minnesota, Joseph Crowley of New York, Charles Rangel of New York, Al Green of Texas, and Jan Schakowsky of Illinois.

Representatives of other groups whose members attended the rally, such as United Farm Workers and Farmworker Justice, confirmed that several of their members were arrested as well.

Those arrested will be charged with "crowding, obstructing and incommoding" under the local laws of the District of Columbia, the Capitol Police said. The arrests began about 4 p.m. EDT and had ended two hours later, police said in a statement.

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