About 12 protesters out of roughly 100 or so agreed to be arrested at Hartford’s part in the International Day of Action today. In a cold drizzle, the protesters marched from Aetna’s corporate headquarters on Farmington, down Flower St., around the Courant, and up Broad, where they stood near the Courant’s front door and chanted.
Police stood by as the protesters who’d volunteered to be arrested walked by and went to sit cross-legged at the onramp to I-84. The road — a major escape route for Hartford commuters — was closed for roughly an hour, but it was the single most genteel protest I’ve ever attended, with a lot of “pleases” and “thank yous” on both sides. At one point, the protesters even chanted in favor of the police (“HPD is the 99%”), which made the officer I was standing by smile.
In fact, when it was over, that officer said, “It’s nice when it works out.”
UPDATE: All 12 of the arrested protesters were released by 8 p.m. and they all have a court date on Monday, says Matt O’Connor, of SEIU, one of the organizers of today’s protest. Onward.