Protests Scheduled During Presidential Visit To CCSU

By: Rachel Rooney, Rob Polansky and Kate Rayner
By: Rachel Rooney, Rob Polansky and Kate Rayner

NEW BRITAIN, CT (WFSB/CNN) - At least two groups plan on protesting President Barack Obama's visit to Central Connecticut State University on Wednesday.

Groups will be gathering to protest against the president's Middle East policy and the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Protesters are expected to gather around noon along campus roadways with signs and banners.

One group said they fear the massive pipeline would make oil spills more common. The president was expected to give his approval to build the pipeline that would transport oil from Canada to Texas. Obama argued that the multibillion dollar project would create jobs.

The other group plans to protest in connection with peace activist Madea Benjamin. Benjamin, a U.S. citizen, claimed the U.S. embassy did nothing to help her while she was jailed and beaten in Egypt. She reportedly used her Twitter account to post messages that read "help, they broke my arm."

Benjamin said she's since been released.

Both groups are inviting anyone who wishes to join them to meet at the campus.

The president is stopping at the campus to garner support for increasing minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. He is expected to be joined by Gov. Dannel Malloy and governors from Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Vermont, all of whom support the minimum wage increase.

WFSB 3 Connecticut


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