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3 Fed Hill BGE protesters speak out following the arrest

Baltimore, Maryland – Three city residents arrested during a peaceful protest in Federal Hill on Thursday, June 24, have spoken out about the incident. The protest was organized in response to the neighborhood’s ongoing utility work being carried out by Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE).

The three women, who have been identified as Maria Gonzales, Lisa Johnson, and Sarah Thompson, held a press conference on Friday, June 25, to discuss the events that led to their arrest. According to the women, they peacefully protested the utility work being carried out by BGE when police officers approached them.

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The women claim they were not given a warning or an opportunity to leave before arrest. They were taken into custody and charged with interfering with BGE’s utility work. The women have denied the charges and have called for an investigation into the incident.

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The protest in Federal Hill has been ongoing for several weeks, with residents expressing concern about the impact of the utility work on the neighborhood. Many residents have complained about the noise, dust, and disruption caused by the work, and have called on BGE to address their concerns.

The incident has sparked a debate about the right to protest and the use of police force. Many community members have expressed support for the women and have called for their charges to be dropped. Others have criticized the protest and used civil disobedience to make a point.

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BGE stated in response to the incident, saying that they “respect the right of individuals to protest peacefully” but “cannot tolerate interference with our essential work.” The company has also emphasized its commitment to completing the utility work promptly and efficiently while minimizing the impact on the community.

The Baltimore Police Department has also issued a statement saying that they “support the right to peaceful protest” but “will take appropriate action to ensure public safety and protect the rights of all citizens.” The department has not commented on the specifics of the incident, citing an ongoing investigation.

The incident in Federal Hill is a reminder of the tensions that can arise when the interests of the community and the interests of private companies come into conflict. As the debate continues, it is essential to remember the importance of peaceful protest and the need for all parties to work together to find a solution that is in the community’s best interests.

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