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DC Statehood Protests Result in Arrest of Mayor, Jackson

August 27, 1993

WASHINGTON (AP) _ It was a startling image: a police officer guiding a handcuffed Mayor Sharon Pratt Kelly into a patrol car.

Kelly and civil rights leader Jesse Jackson were among 38 people arrested Thursday for blocking an intersection near the Capitol in a peaceful demonstration backing statehood for the District of Columbia.

″We’re going to draw the line here and the day of reckoning has come,″ said Kelly before her arrest. ″We are demanding to be a part of this country and we will sacrifice to be a part of this country.″

Others arrested by U.S. Capitol Police were social activist Dick Gregory, the mayor’s husband, James Kelly, and D.C. Councilman Kevin Chavous.

As the protesters were led away, about 200 statehood supporters chanted: ″Free our mayor, free D.C.″

The protesters were charged with unlawful assembly and released after posting $50 bonds.

Statehood activists have held weekly demonstrations since July; more than 100 people have been arrested.

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