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Disability rights activists cause partial White House lockdown

A group of nine disability rights activists handcuffed themselves to the fence surrounding the White House on Monday afternoon, briefly causing a partial lockdown of the residence’s north grounds, according to a Secret Service spokesman.

Several of the activists were in wheelchairs or motorized carts, the spokesman said.

One man was arrested for disorderly conduct and assault against a police officer, the spokesman added.

The protest did not affect President Barack Obama’s mid-afternoon departure from the South Lawn aboard Marine One. Obama was headed for a Democratic fundraiser in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The protesters, the spokesman said, belong to an organization called ADAPT, which works to draw attention to disability issues.

Read more here: Disability rights activists cause partial WH lockdown – CNN Political Ticker – CNN.com Blogs.

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