Protesters Arrested Near Gov.'s Mansion

Final week of S.C.'s poor people campaign

Patrick Gentry
June 19, 2018 - 2:19 pm

Sixteen protesters have been arrested near the Governor's Mansion in the final week of the South Carolina Poor People's Campaign.

Organizers say 82 people have been arrested during nonviolent protests in Columbia over the past six weeks. South Carolina is one of 35 state capitals and Washington D.C. where there have been protests over conditions facing poor people.

The group tried to deliver a letter to Gov. Henry McMaster calling for the withdrawal of the South Carolina National Guard from the Texas-Mexico border, where they have helped enforce immigration laws.

The group also called on the governor to condemn the segregation of immigrant children from their parents, a practice McMaster defended Monday.

The organization also called for 15 percent raises for state employees and an expansion of the Medicaid program.

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