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Anti-casino rally in Harrisburg; 14 arrested

Fourteen anti-casino protestors were arrested today at thegamblequeen.gif Gaming Control Board offices in Harrisburg when they demanded to see documents about proposed casinos that they say are being withheld from the public. The group was among 50 demonstrators who travelled in two buses from Philadelphia in a bid to delay the scheduled announcement of two casino sites in the city on Dec. 20.

The protestors rallied in a park outside the Statehouse before marching to the Gaming Control Offices in a building located across the street.

Those arrested included two women in wheelchairs. Police were called after the demonstrators filled the entranceway to the gaming control office and read from what they called “a citizen’s search warrant” demanding the casino planning documents.

Harrisburg Police Captain Pierre Ritter said the arrested demonstrators were charged with disorderly conduct, issued summonses and released. The two protestors in wheelchairs, along with one other, were issued summonses at the scene. The other 11 went to a local police station to be charged.

INQUIRER: “It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right. The only obligation which I have a right to assume is to do at any time what I think right. Law never made men a whit more just; and, by means of their respect for it, even the well-disposed are daily made the agents of injustice.” — HENRY DAVID THOREAU, 1849

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