By Paul Blythe
Florida Democratic Party Chair Nikki Fried and Senate Minority Leader Lauren Book were among demonstrators who were handcuffed and detained Monday night, April 3, at a protest for abortion rights outside Tallahassee City Hall, according to the Tallahassee Democrat and Florida Planned Parenthood Action.
The protest and detentions occurred on the same day that the Florida Senate passed a 6-week abortion ban on a largely party line vote. Click here to read more about the Florida Senate vote for the 6-week abortion ban supported by Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Opponents of the ban had gathered outside Tallahassee City Hall at 8 a.m. Monday for what they promised to be multiple days of protests in Tallahassee to defend "reproductive freedom."
OccupyTally believed it had a city permit for a rally this week, but said it was revoked by officials.
The city said it tried to work with the protestors but then realized the group wanted people statewide to come to Tallahassee and occupy the plaza in front of City Hall for an extended period of time, which the city won't permit.
Florida Planned Parenthood tweeted videos of the protesters in handcuffs and being led from the city hall property by police, along with this statement: "Please call Mayor John Dailey’s office (850-891-2000 ) and tell him you are disgusted by the arrest of peaceful protestors, including Senator Lauren Book and Nikki Fried, on City Hall property."