Twenty-three people were been arrested in this morning's gay rights protest at the state Capitol, four for trespassing, 18 for unlawful assembly/refusal to disperse, and one for resisting or obstructing an officer. There was no physical confrontation, ISP said; the resisting charge involved a protester who refused to leave with officers once placed under arrest.
Idaho State Police spokeswoman Teresa Baker said all the charges are misdemeanors; the protesters, their hands secured with plastic zip ties, are being loaded onto a white Ada County Sheriff's bus in front of the state Capitol for the ride to the county jail, where they can arrange to post bond. Here, a group of protesters is led to the bus, including, at right, former Sen. Nicole LeFavour. Baker said the difference in charges this time - previous protesters were charged with trespassing - came because “they were blocking different doors - a non-public door.” The protesters blockaded all entrances to the governor's office this morning, keeping employees, including the governor himself, out for more than an hour.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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