Officials reported that about a dozen people were detained while demonstrating inside Republican Governor Ron DeSantis’ Florida Capitol office on Wednesday night.
The 14 people detained, according to Florida Department of Law Enforcement spokesman Gretl Plessinger speaking to the Tallahassee Democrat were charged with misdemeanor trespass and lodged in the Leon County Jail.
Plessinger cited Department of Management Services rules when he stated that unless you have an office in the Capitol, you are not permitted to be present once the building closes.
She said the Florida Capitol Police and Florida Highway Patrol were responsible for the arrests.
The protesters said they wouldn’t leave until they met with the governor. The Dream Defenders, a human rights organization, organized the demonstration.
This legislative session, which closes on Friday, has approved and enacted several contentious laws.
Legislation aimed against drag shows, the LGBTQ community, and diversity, equity, and inclusion measures are among them, along with a ban on abortion and limits on illegal immigration.