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Florida Protesters Arrested Outside Governor DeSantis's Office

Fourteen protesters were arrested on Wednesday, May 3, after dozens of demonstrators staged a sit-in outside Gov Ron DeSantis’s office in the Florida State Capitol, the Miami Herald reported.

The demonstration was organized by Dream Defenders and other activists groups to protest several controversial laws recently passed by Republicans in Florida, the Tallahassee Democrat said.

The protest went on for hours and the arrests only happened after 7 pm, when Capitol Police asked the few remaining protesters to leave and they refused, according to the Miami Herald.

Dream Defenders confirmed some of their members had been arrested and were asking for donations to help them post bail.

This footage by the Florida Immigrant Coalition shows protesters sitting and singing inside the Florida State Capitol. Credit: Florida Immigrant Coalition via Storyful

Video transcript

- (SINGING) Stop us, but we keep coming back. They try to stop us, But we keep coming back. We're gonna rise up, rise up to this [INAUDIBLE].

Rise up. Rise up.

We'll never come down.

We'll never come down.

Rise up.

[HUMMING]

We'll never come down. They try to stop us, but we keep coming back. They try to stop us, but we keep coming back. But we keep coming back.

- [INAUDIBLE] all my people, what side are you on?

- We are the freedom side

- What side are you on? My people, what side are you on? We are the freedom side.

What side are you on? My people, what side are you on? We are the freedom side.

What side are you on? My people, what side are you on? We are the freedom side.

- [INAUDIBLE] freedom side.

[SINGING]

We will fight all day and night until we get it right.

- Get it right.

- What side are you on? My people, what side are you on?

- We're on the freedom side.

- What side are you on? My people, what side are you on?

- We're on the freedom side.

- [INAUDIBLE] freedom fighter, and [INAUDIBLE].

- Say what?

- And we gonna fight all day and night until we get it right.

- [INAUDIBLE]

- What side are you on? My people, what side are you on? We're on the freedom side.

What side are you on? My people, what side are you on? We're on the freedom side.

[INAUDIBLE] was a freedom fighter, and [INAUDIBLE]. Say what? We gonna fight all day and night until we get it right.

What side are you on? My people, what side are you on? We're on the freedom side.

What side are you on? My people, what side are you on? We're on the freedom side.

[INAUDIBLE] was a freedom fighter, and [INAUDIBLE]. Say what? And we're gonna fight all day and night until we get it right.

- Say what?

- What side are you on? My people, what side are you on? We're on the freedom side. What side are you--