Pledging to stand “in solidarity with all protesters who face excessive and undue criminal charges,” UFCW Local 400’s executive board has condemned the “arbitrary” arrest of protesters during last year’s Presidential Inauguration. Several Local 400 members had participated in the protests alongside dozens of other local unions. Though the Local 400 members had escaped being swept up by police, Local 400 president Mark Federici said no protesters should have been charged in the first place, adding that the arrests were a “clear violation of every citizen’s right to free speech.” Prosecutors last week announced plans to dismiss all charges against 129 defendants, but 59 people are still being charged with a number of felonies and face up to 70 years in prison.
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