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Protestors cited for capitol sit in

HONOLULU (Hawaii News Now) - Friday night came with a warning for protestors who have been staging a sit-in at the governor's office since Wednesday.

After the office closed at 4:30 p.m., members of Save Our Schools say sheriffs deputies came in, and told them anyone who stayed would be cited for trespassing.

Some people who had been protesting furlough Fridays in schools decided to leave.  The seven adults who decided to remain, were issued the slips of paper.  It summons them to court May 5.  But they say it ultimately is a warning, that if they are caught in the office after hours again, they will likely be arrested.

The group has been sleeping there in shifts since Wednesday, and say that they won't leave until the governor agrees to personally meet with the Hawaii State Teachers Union and the Board of Education to end Furlough Fridays.

They had decided Friday afternoon to leave the lobby of the office Saturday morning, and take the protest to the Governor's Mansion.  Part of the reason, is that they would not have access to the restroom and facilities when the capitol is closed.

In a statement, the governor's office says:

"Claims by the group that first occupied the office on Wednesday that Governor Lingle has not been personally involved in the negotiations to end teacher furloughs are patently false. The Governor has had face-to-face meetings on multiple occasions with the Department of Education, including the previous superintendent and the current superintendent; the Board of Education, including different factions within the board; the Hawai'i State Teachers Union, including the past president and the current president; and various legislators.

The Governor is continuing to work with the DOE and legislators to resolve the furlough issue. However, the HSTA has said it will not continue to negotiate."

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