Houston Police on Monday arrested eight people for non-data breaches Texas home of the Republican senator Ted Cruz , according to authorities.
Those arrested were part of a larger group of around 60 to 70 people protesting climate change outside his private residence, police said. They arrived around 11 a.m.
"The vast majority of the group is extremely peaceful and expresses the First Amendment right (to) demonstrate against climate change " said the deputy police chief Ban Tien in a video. "Unfortunately, there was a small group that [was] trespassing on private property devant the senator's residence. "
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Authorities have given the group several warnings, as well as "many opportunities "For them to stay on the public sidewalk and away from the property, but they refused," Tien added.
"About eight people still refused to leave and we finally gave a final warning, " Tien said. "We explained to them that they were breaking a law on trespassing. They admitted to understanding and they chose to be arrested.
Cruz's office did not immediately responded to a late-night request for comment from Fox News.
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Erin Douglas, reporter at the Texas Tribune tweeted that the protesters were part of the Sunrise Movement, a youth movement to stop climate change, according to its website . The group had just completed a 400-mile walk from New Orleans to Houston on Monday, she wrote.
Douglas added that they gathered in front of Cruz 's house to demand that President Biden end negotiations with the GOP and adopt the "Civilian Climate Body plan " of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Officers spent more than an hour negotiating with protesters to reach a "peaceful resolution " ahead of the arrests, Tien noted.
"I just want to take a moment to remind everyone that the Houston Police Department supports First Amendment rights and supports public gatherings, but it needs to be done safely, "he said. " And it must be done within the limits and within the framework of the laws. "