WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 (UPI) — Police near the White House arrested 65 protesters calling for U.S. President Barack Obama to deny a permit for a new oil pipeline, officials said.
The demonstrators arrested Saturday were charged with failing to obey a police order related to protests on the sidewalks outside the White House, The Washington Post reported.
The Post said the protest is the largest arrest of demonstrators since March, when 100 people were detained in a war protest.
Most of the protesters were expected to be held until a court hearing Monday, a Web site related to the protest said.
Protesters said the pipeline from Canada to the Gulf Coast could be bad for the environment.
Protesters said they expect the demonstrations to continue about two weeks.