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Climate protesters disrupt Vermont House session

May 16, 2019
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Police approach three people holding a banner, Thursday, May 16, 2019, in the visitors' gallery of the Vermont House of Representatives in Montpelier, Vt. While the House was in session, several protesters began to shout climate slogans and throw leaflets onto the floor from the gallery. After most protesters had departed, the three remained and were arrested after they refused repeated orders from capital police to leave. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring)

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Statehouse police in the Vermont capital say two people were arrested and a juvenile girl was released into the custody of her parents after a group of climate protesters disrupted a session of the Vermont House of Representatives.

The House was in session Thursday morning when about 25 protesters began to shout climate slogans and throw leaflets onto the floor from the visitors’ gallery.

Democratic House speaker Mitzi Johnson tried to restore the session, but adjourned and closed the House chamber after the protesters refused to be silenced.

The protesters say they wanted the Vermont Legislature to do more to combat climate change.

After most of the protesters had left, three remained. They were escorted from the chamber after they refused repeated orders from capital police to leave.