Anti-poverty group denied access to Kentucky Capitol

Anti-poverty activists have been denied group access to Kentucky's Capitol following an outdoor rally that included a denunciation of the nation's first work requirements for Medicaid.

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Anti-poverty activists have been denied group access to Kentucky’s Capitol following an outdoor rally that included a denunciation of the nation’s first work requirements for Medicaid.

About 400 people demonstrated Monday outside the statehouse, and many marched to the front doors of the Capitol. They were greeted by uniformed officers, and the group’s leader was told only two could enter at a time.

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The Rev. William Barber, co-chairman of the Poor People’s Campaign, which organized the rally, called the action an un-American denial of their right to assemble.

Barber was told the two-in-two-out rule has been in place a couple of weeks. Barber led his group in prayer before they moved away from the front entrance. There were no arrests.

The group has rallied across the country to demand new programs to help the poor.

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6/4/2018 4:50:13 PM (GMT -4:00)