Forty-five activists protesting a proposed oil pipeline were taken away in restraints for the second straight day by U.S. Park Police.
On Sunday, a large crowd formed in Lafayette Park, rallying against the unbuilt Keystone XL pipeline. Plans call for the pipeline to stretch from the tar fields in Canada all the way to the Gulf of Mexico.
The group organizing the protest, Tar Sands Action, said this pipeline is the most important decision President Obama has to make on the environment. They told News4 the protests will continue for the next two weeks.
On Saturday, Park Police arrested 65 protesters.
Sgt. David Schlosser said the Park Police made the arrests for the violation of White House demonstration rules. He said demonstrators are required to stay in the center portion of the sidewalk in front of the White House.
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The protesters were charged with failing to obey an order governing protests on the White House sidewalk, said Sgt. David Schlosser, a spokesman for the U.S. Park Police.
The president left Thursday for a 10-day vacation, but protesters said they expected two weeks of demonstrations.
The incident Saturday appeared to involve the largest number of arrests near the White House since more than 100 people were taken into custody during a war protest in March.
A statement on a Web site connected with the demonstration said protesters expected most of those arrested to be held for a court appearance Monday.
In a statement, protesters said the proposed pipeline from Canada to the Gulf Coast would pose environmental risks.