About a dozen activists were arrested Thursday morning for blocking an entrance to the State House during a demonstration against fracking.
Dozens of people stood in front of the State House steps, holding anti-fracking signs and singing, "We shall not be moved." Then, a smaller group moved in front of an entranceway into the ground floor of the State House and didn't move.
Lt. Rebecca Labs of the Maryland Capitol Police warned the smaller group that they needed to move or would be arrested. About a minute later, police officers who were standing by watching placed demonstrators into flex-cuffs and loaded them into a police van and an SUV.
Labs said police arrested 11 people. Food and Water Watch, an advocacy group that helped organize the protest, said 13 were arrested.