Co-founders of Ben & Jerry’s arrested at US Capitol

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Co-founders of Ben and Jerry?s Homemade Inc., Ben Cohen (R) speaks as Jerry Greenfield (L) listens, during a news conference at the National Press Club December 12, 2011 in (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON  — The co-founders of Ben & Jerry’s have been arrested at the U.S. Capitol as part of ongoing protests in Washington about the role of money in politics.

Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield were among approximately 300 people who were arrested Monday as part of protests by a group called Democracy Awakening.

The Vermont-based ice cream company’s website says the purpose of the protests is to make sure everyone’s voice is heard “and that power in this country is returned to the people.”

U.S. Capitol Police say those arrested were charged with crowding, obstructing or incommoding, which is unlawful demonstration activity. They were processed on the scene and released.

Police say they’ve arrested more than 1,200 people since the protests began April 11.