Over a dozen arrests in SC following 4th Poor People’s Rally

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By CHRISTINA L. MYERS

Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Protesters with the Poor People’s Campaign came back to South Carolina’s Statehouse, this time blocking a major road while demanding universal health care.

About two dozen people first participated in a lie-in calling for a “moral revival” of the health care system and an immediate expansion of Medicaid.

Following that protest, about a dozen demonstrators blocked U.S. Highway 1 in front of the capitol and were arrested by Columbia Police.

Physician David Keely told protesters to question their local lawmakers about their stance on health care and demand answers before primary and general elections.

Monday’s Poor People’s Campaign rally was the fourth in Columbia and one of several held at state capitols nationwide.

The 40-day non-violent national campaign will conclude in two weeks with mobilization in Washington.

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