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Capitol Police arrest Lemonade Freedom Day protesters

They set out to sell ice-cold lemonade, but now three Washington, D.C. protesters might need some legal aid.

Capitol police arrested three people Saturday afternoon for selling lemonade on the West Lawn of the Capitol Building. They were participating in “Lemonade Freedom Day” — a national demonstration against a spate of recent lemonade stand shutdowns by police and health inspectors.

According to the D.C. group’s Facebook event page, three lemonistas — Meg Mclain, K.n. Dill and Will Duffield — were taken into custody by Capitol Police. A spokesperson for the Capitol Police said they were each charged with failure to obey a police officer, unlawful conduct and vending without a permit.

The protesters were selling lemonade on the Capitol lawn, rather than the sidewalk. The selling of any item on Capitol grounds is prohibited. A video of the protest can be seen here.

Forbes counted at least nine recent examples of children’s lemonade stands being shut down for not having permits. (RELATED: Jefferson Memorial closed by police over free speech ‘dance party’)

Georgia police, for example, shut down a lemonade stand run by three girls who were saving money to go to a water park. Police told the girls they needed a business license, a peddler’s permit and a food permit to operate the stand, which each cost $50 per day or $180 per year.

And Coralville, Iowa police shut down a 4-year-old’s lemonade stand after it had been up and running for just a half-hour.

Robert Fernandes, the creator of Lemonade Freedom Day, said he was alarmed by the trend.

“Most people remember growing up and having lemonade stands,” Fernandes said. “It’s a small issue, but there’s bigger parts to it. It’s important to kids because it teaches them how to come up with an idea and see it through. These kids are learning how to run a small business. I think by telling them they can’t do that, you’re shutting down their dreams.”

Fernandes created the website and Facebook page for the event about five weeks ago. As of today, nearly 5,000 people were registered to participate via Facebook, and there were at least 35 different groups participating in the protest across the country.

The D.C. protesters are no strangers to trouble. The event was organized by Eddie Free, the same man who organized a dance party at the Jefferson Memorial earlier this summer that was shut down by police.

And one of the arrested protesters, Meg McLain, caused a stir last year when Transportation Security Administration officials detained her and refused to let her fly after she questioned the agency’s new body scanners.

Free freely admitted he and the rest of his group have a bit of a penchant for rabble-rousing.

“We do,” he said. “And we’re going to keep it up.”

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  • http://profiles.google.com/rnman99 Crusty Rusty

    Failure to Obey a police officer…

    I hope that made everyone reading this cringe.

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  • Jackparkman

    Someone needs to get the name of that female officer and file assault charges, a civil suit, and launch a public campaign to get that sociopath fired.

  • Marie_grosso

    Too bad Obama  was on vacation. he could have learned how to run a lemonade stand.  That would have been his first business experience

  • OzarkMtnDad

    If these kids would start including Krispy Kreme Doughnuts in their selection, the cops wouldn’t be shutting them down, but rather be their biggest customers.

  • stupidamerkin

      “In a time of universal deceit, TELLING THE TRUTH is a revolutionary act.”George Orwell 1984  More validation of the NAZI regime we all live under and the gun totin thugs with badges wearing uniforms under the color of law who’s pay check depends on them not knowing the truth.   This is about indoctrinating the children into the corporate matrix at a young age, so they will learn to grow up and be good little obedient slaves or else be incarcerated and even dead if you do not go along with the Orwellian agenda. 1984 is pre school for what is in store for us unless we wake up.These thugs with guns and badges are scary just because of the disconnect they have from any kind of reality. Most of them grew up on violent video games and watching swat team movies as well, so what else could you expect?  ”It is bad enough that many will perish believing the BIG lie, but the real tragedy are those who, have, are now and will continue to do so, defending the BIG lie.”

  • HiTekRescue

    I think all of you are forgetting the bigger picture of including the Unions!  After all we can’t have non-union children working without representation from the big bad bureaucrats can we?  What about exploitation, who will represent them,  of course they will have to pay their dues and support their respective politicians!

  • HiTekRescue

    I think all of you are forgetting the bigger picture of including the Unions!  After all we can’t have non-union children working without representation from the big bad bureaucrats can we?  What about exploitation, who will represent them,  of course they will have to pay their dues and support their respective politicians!

    • Powerteams1

      “We don’t need no education”