Medicare-for-all doctors arrested outside Obama-GOP meeting
Two single payer doctors were arrested this morning outside the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel where President Obama was scheduled to speak to a retreat of House Republicans.
Dr. Margaret Flowers and Dr. Carol Paris were carrying a sign that said: Just Letting You Know: Medicare for All.
“We were on the hotel property holding our sign,” Dr. Flowers said. “The Secret Service said we had to go across the street. We said we would go across the street if our letter was delivered to the President. The Secret Service said that wasn’t possible. They said if we didn’t go across the street we would be arrested. We refused to leave because we didn’t want to continue to be excluded, marginalized and ignored. And they arrested us.”
Flowers and Paris were taken to the Central Police headquarters.
They were separately questioned by the Secret Service.
The Baltimore Police charged them with trespass and they were released.
“Every time they said — if you just go across the street, everything will be fine,” Dr. Paris said. “And we would respond — that is the problem. We are always asked to go across the street. And nothing changes. This is putting into practice what Howard Zinn taught us. Go where you are not supposed to be. And say what you are not supposed to say. And that’s what we were doing.”
(Bill Hughes video)
Not a proud day for the Secret Service.
NOTE Dr. Flowers will be live blogging at Corrente this coming week on Thursday, February 4, at 1:00PM.