CONCORD, New Hampshire – New Hampshire’s Executive Council on Wednesday rejected $27 million in federal funds for vaccination outreach, thrilling outspoken activists who previously derailed a public meeting and delayed the vote. Nine were arrested Wednesday after audience members repeatedly interrupted the debate.
Governor Sununu held a public meeting on October 13th, to discuss several important things on the agenda including the debate and vote on the federal funds. The meeting was attended by many citizens standing against mandates.
Among other things, the money would have allowed the state to hire a public health manager and a dozen workers to promote the COVID-19 vaccine and address public concerns about it.
Opponents argued the grant language would have required the state to comply with any “future directives” issued by the Biden administration regarding COVID-19, such as vaccine mandates.
The Group stood mostly quiet with their backs turned to the council and held signs to protest against mandates. Several State Police Officers can be seen in the video observing the crowd as they stood and the meeting continued behind them.
A speaker can be heard arguing a point to the council, which did instigate a few reactions from the crowd. Within a short time the room began to get loud as officers started to physically remove people from the room and placed them under arrest.
The New Hampshire State Police released a statement that said “After several announcements by both Governor Sununu and the Department of Safety Division of State Police that loud noises and disrupting the meeting would not be allowed,” there were a few that did make noise, and did result in nine arrests by the New Hampshire State Police.
Those arrested: Schmitt, John R., Age 68, Disorderly Conduct; Todd, Albert J., Age 32, Disorderly Conduct and Resisting Arrest; Staples, Frank N., Age 41, Disorderly Conduct; Grinnell, Terese M., Age 48, Disorderly Conduct; Holm, Monica A., Age 58, Disorderly Conduct; Bussiere-Appleton, Kathleen A., Age 70, Disorderly Conduct and Resisting Arrest; Todd, Marylyn T., Age 37, Disorderly Conduct; Spiller, Emilee K., Age 26, Disorderly Conduct; Stuart, James E., Age 68, Disorderly Conduct.
“The Department of Safety respects the protected right to peacefully protest in accordance with all state laws. The individuals arrested at today’s Governor and Council meeting failed to comply with a lawful order from the #NHSP and intentionally disrupted the meeting.” This was the statement released in the announcement by the Police as being the reason for the arrests.
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