Protesters occupy 2 Portman offices; 16 arrested in Columbus

16 people were arrested in Columbus following protests at Rob Portman's offices

Ohio Senator Rob Portman says Monday night's terrorist attack in England is further proof that the world is not a safe place.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKBN) – Opponents of the Republican health care plan have occupied two Ohio offices of U.S. Senator Rob Portman, with 16 people arrested in Columbus. Columbus police reported the arrests Friday afternoon, saying protesters blocked emergency crews trying to reach someone with chest pains in the downtown office building housing the Republican senator’s office.

Police say on Twitter the protesters, all from out of state, volunteered to be arrested. Charges include criminal protest.

Portman spokeswoman Emily Benavides (ben-uh-VEE’-des) says building security called police when protesters impeded other tenants.

She says the senator welcomes input from all 11.5 million Ohioans on any topic. About a dozen people continued a protest in Portman’s Cincinnati office Friday. Portman has said more changes are needed to a proposed Senate health care plan if it is to win his support.
(Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)state, volunteered to be arrested. Charges include criminal protest.

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