DC Delegate, 4 Others Arrested
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Five anti-apartheid protesters, including the District of Columbia’s representative to Congress, were arrested early today after spending two nights inside a currency exchange office.
The five had been staging a sit-in since Monday to protest the sale of Krugerrands, a South African gold coin. They were arrested just after 6 a.m. at the office of Deak-Perera Southeast, Inc., said Wendell Samuels, spokesman for the Metropolitan Police Department.
Charged with unlawful entry were Walter Fauntroy, the district’s non-voting delegate to the House of Representatives; Randall Robinson, executive director of Transafrica; Mary Frances Berry, a member of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission; Roger Wilkins, former assistant U.S. attorney general; and Sylvia Hill, professor of criminal justice at the University of the District of Columbia. Each was released without posting bond.
The sit-in prompted Deak-Perera to close its doors at 1 p.m. on Monday. The office did not open Tuesday although employees resumed business by telephone.
Samuels said police had been monitoring the situation since the protest began but couldn’t make any arrests until receiving a complaint from Deak- Perera.