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SWFL democratic nominee for Congress arrested among other demonstrators in D.C.

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Posted at 7:11 PM, Jun 30, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-01 05:25:58-04

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — Dr. Cindy Banyai, the Southwest Florida Democratic nominee for Congress, was arrested Thursday while protesting outside of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Banyai, still in a wheelchair after an injury that happened in May, and several hundred others sat at the intersection of Constitution and First - defying police orders.

According to Dr. Banyai’s statement, protesters were peaceful - chanting and singing while Capitol Police were arresting them one by one.

After being taken into police custody, Dr. Banyai was fully cooperative while they processed the infraction. Dr. Banyai will remain in D.C. until she can pay the fine for the offense Friday.

Dr. Banyai explained her motivation for coming to D.C. to protest:

“I came to DC to show my commitment to making access to abortion care law, as well as marriage equality and access to contraception, which is also threatened by the Dobbs ruling,” Dr. Banyai said. “Enough is enough when it comes back to rolling back our rights.”