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12 arrested at DC vote protest near White House

Sunday - 6/26/2011, 6:15am  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) - Twelve demonstrators protesting congressional control over the District of Columbia have been arrested outside the White House.

The demonstrators called for DC voting rights and statehood during Saturday's protest. Mayor Vincent Gray and Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton were among the participants in the rally at Lafayette Square Park.

D.C. has a city government, but its budget and laws are subject to congressional review. Gray and dozens of other demonstrators were arrested in April outside the Capitol while protesting a federal budget deal that officials feared would impose renewed restrictions on the city.

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