Protestors disrupt D.C. Council budget hearing
The D.C. Council's budget hearing Tuesday morning got off to a raucous start as crowds of advocates filled the chamber. Even before Council Chairman Vincent Gray could finish announcing the date and location of the meeting, he was interrupted by protesters, who shouted and jeered.
"Sir, either sit down or you'll be removed," Gray said sternly.
The protesters told the council that there are many high-income people in the city who are willing to pay more in taxes to preserve social services.
Chris Otten, an advisory neighborhood commissioner from Adams Morgan, and Lacy Mackley, were swiftly removed from the chamber when they kept shouting.
As they were led out of the John A. Wilson Building, Mackley and Otten predicted continued outbursts from the crowd of advocates who were jammed in the council meeting room.
"The council has been discussing a $41million tax break to give it to a national corporation and in the same breath they are talking about cutting social services," said Mackley, who was referring discussions about whether the council should give a tax exemption to a company trying to build a luxury hotel in Adams Morgan. "They are hurting people and children."
As Otten and Mackley spoke, one of the the security guards escorting them down the stairs muttered, "Hmm, that's sad."
Tim Craig and Ann Marimow
| December 7, 2010; 11:50 AM ET
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