Haslam OK With Protester Arrests

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam says he supports the right to protest but agrees with the decision to remove demonstrators if they disrupt government business.
Haslam told reporters after a tour of the Tennessee Technology Center in Nashville on Wednesday that it is up to law enforcement personnel to decide when to intervene, as they did a day earlier when they arrested seven protesters at a Senate Commerce Committee meeting.
Haslam said he will “always fight for people’s right to protest something they don’t like.” But he added that it’s also important to allow the democratic process to play out.
Tuesday’s protests were made by activists speaking out against anti-union bills in the Legislature, including an effort to do away with teachers’ bargaining rights.

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