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Georgia State Senator Arrested During Georgia Capitol Protest Demanding ‘Every Vote Count’


Georgia State Senator Arrested During Georgia Capitol Protest Demanding ‘Every Vote Count’

First-term Atlanta senator Nikema Williams was among more than a dozen demonstrators who were arrested during a peaceful protest in the state Capitol, reports Politically Georgia.

Williams said she was standing with her constituents when officers placed plastic restraints on her wrists and charged her with obstruction. She was released on a signature bond after being detained for about five hours.

“I was not yelling. I was not chanting,” she said. “I stood peacefully next to my constituents because they wanted their voices to be heard, and now I’m being arrested.”

“I stood with constituents to demand that their voices be heard and countless other Georgians who cast ballots on last Tuesday and thought that their votes were counted and are learning now that they’re not,” she said after her release. “I will continue to stand with the citizens of Georgia — and any citizen — to demand that their votes be counted, because that is the bedrock of our democracy.”

Protesters said they wanted to put pressure on state officials to ensure all absentee and provisional ballots are tallied in the governor’s race between Stacey Abrams and Brian Kemp. Kemp has declared victory.

State Rep. Park Cannon, D-Atlanta, called the arrests a “travesty.”

“It’s funny because one in 18 Georgians is under correctional control in the state of Georgia,” she said. “We see this as indicative of the wrong trends in Georgia as it relates to fair elections and people being able to feel safe in their communities.”

“When a sitting senator, who is the vice chair of the state Democratic Party, is thrown into a paddy wagon at the state capitol it is a stark reminder that our right to freely assemble is at risk,” said state Sen. Nan Orrock, D-Atlanta.

Party Chairman DuBose Porter said Williams was arrested “for doing her job where she works.”

“Today, (Williams) was arrested at the Georgia State Capitol while standing up for her constituents’ right to peaceful protest and advocating to count every Georgian’s vote,” Porter said. “We stand with her and with all Georgians whose Constitutional rights are at risk. “


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