Another five protesters have been arrested outside a world biotechnology conference in Sacramento, bringing the total amount of arrests since Sunday to 65. A biotechnology protester was subdued with a stun gun and four others were arrested today after blocking traffic in front of a Sacramento meeting of more than 100 agriculture officials from around the world.
Police Chief Albert Najera reports one demonstrator was taken into custody after charging officers who shot him with a stun gun. Four others were arrested for sitting in the street, blocking traffic.
The five were taken to a jail south of the city. But a group of about 75 activists rallied outside the main Sacramento County Jail downtown, chanting “we´re not going to take it,” and “gardens not jails.” Some of the 65 taken into custody since Sunday are accused of trespassing in a former community garden slated for development. Protesters were outnumbered by police in riot gear on foot, bicycles and horseback. Helicopters circled above. Since Sunday, demonstrators have attempted to disrupt the Ministerial Conference and Expo on Agricultural Science and Technology. They claim the gathering is an attempt by corporate farming to push bio-engineered crops on starving countries. The claim is disputed by the event´s organizers, the U.S. Department of Agriculture.