Police took a Wilkes-Barre woman into custody during a protest against President Donald Trump on Thursday outside Mohegan Sun Arena.
Andrea Glod was the only one among several hundred protesters who refused police commands to move off Highland Park Boulevard by the Interstate 81 exit ramp, minutes before Trump’s motorcade arrived.
The roadway was blockaded and guarded by dozens of police officers, including state troopers on horseback, as most of the crowd moved the protest onto the side of the road. Glod stood her ground.
“It started with a young state trooper who said ‘you have to get off the road,’ ” Glod said in a phone interview Thursday night.
Glod said she told the trooper there was no traffic because police had closed the road, and that she wanted the president to be able to see the group’s protest signs as he drove by.
“He said ‘you have to get off the road,’ ” Glod said.
When the trooper threatened to arrest her if she refused to move, Glod said she told him he would have to arrest her to get her out of the roadway.
He took her into custody and placed her in handcuffs. The crowd of protesters burst into cheers for Glod as the anti-Trump jeers and chants grew louder.
Glod said police searched her, to make sure she had no weapons, then issued her a citation for disorderly conduct.
Asked if she would do things the same way again if given the chance, Glod replied, “I must say the opportunity to demonstrate against Trump, who is a disgrace to the presidency and the United States of America … I would do it the same way.”
Apart from the confrontation between Glod and police, the protest was peaceful, if vigorous.
The protesters — some who came on their own, along with many who belonged to activist groups such as Action Together, Refuse Fascism, Planned Parenthood and Indivisible — held up signs, chanted and marched as close to the arena as police would let them.
“Hey hey, ho ho, traitor Trump has got to go,” went one chant. Another was the simple “lock him up.”
Slogans on signs included “Impeach Trump,” “Hate has no home here” and “I miss Obama.”
Anne Aston of Shavertown said she showed up Thursday “to let people know a lot of people are not happy with Trump.”
Aston said she is tired of the president’s “lying and hypocrisy,” which she said has destroyed his credibility.
Other protesters objected to the separation of immigrant children from their parents at the Mexican border.
“Where are the children?” one man shouted as Trump supporters walked by on their way to the arena.
Jeff Zimmerman, 63, of Wyoming County, said he had never been politically active until the 2016 presidential election.
Zimmerman, who served in the U.S. Army for more than 20 years, said he decided to get involved in anti-Trump protests when he “saw the con man who became our commander in chief.”