Protesters against the American Legislative Exchange Council included labor union members, civil rights groups, Occupy Phoenix and faith groups. ALEC lobbies on behalf of corporate greed while pretending to be a nonpartisan public interest group.
The demonstrators faced a large police presence, including helicopters.
@OccupyPhoenix is protesting the #ALEC meeting in #AZ, large police presence and helicopters. #ALECexposed #OccupyPhoenix #ArizonaSeveral people were pepper sprayed. KTAR reports:
One protester spoke about why he was joining in on the protest.
"I would just say that anyone out there who is against corporate greed, and who wants to see this "one percent" that you've been hearing about across this country to come out here in Scottsdale to see the corporations and the politicians coming together to draft these laws," Alex Soto said. "And not just laws, but overall policies that are making the rich get richer and not allow everybody else not be a part of the simple human right to just be who we are."We'll have more as we get reports.
A total of six arrests have been made.