Three animal-rights activists were arrested Saturday after they climbed part way up scaffolding surrounding the Washington Monument, police said.
They were identified as Leslie Pickering, Jonathon Batchelor and Michael Brassell, all from the Washington area. They were protesting primate research, Park Police said. Police said they were charged with unlawful entry, a misdemeanor, and a felony charge of resisting arrest.
The three are members of the Coalition to Stop Primate Experimentation, which obtained a permit to protest on the monument grounds, police said. The group estimated that 200 people showed up for the protest; police did not give an estimate.
A group member said the three men unfurled a banner that criticized the National Institutes of Health for funding labs that perform medical tests on primates.
Police said they would review security at the monument to see what could be done to prevent similar incidents in the future.