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Group protesting at governor's office calls it quits

More school furlough protestors arrested More school furlough protestors arrested
Clare Hanusz Clare Hanusz
Governor Linda Lingle Governor Linda Lingle

By Mari-Ela David - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Pau. That's word from the group protesting school furloughs. Members of Save Our Schools Hawaii, or S.O.S., have been camping out at the governor's office since last Wednesday.

But the group is calling it quits Wednesday night. Not its campaign, but with the sit-in they've been staging at the governor's office.

This, after two more members of the group got arrested. Sheriffs deputies took them into custody just after 7:00 Wednesday evening.

The group has been at the governor's office for eight days now, calling for an end to teacher furloughs. But now members say, they've had enough.

"She's the governor, but she's no leader and that was painfully evident yesterday," said protestor Clare Hanusz. "So we are moving forward and fighting on another front, multiple fronts."

Tuesday, the governor held a news conference to address the sit-in rally. Protesters held up their hands wanting to talk to her, but Lingle refused to take questions.

Wednesday night's arrests bring the number to four. Tuesday night, two other S.O.S. members were taken to Halawa prison. They were bailed out Wednesday morning.

Five others tonight got their second citation. It's for second degree criminal trespassing.

The penalty is a one-year ban from the capitol. The group says lots of lawyers have offered to defend them.

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