HYATTSVILLE -- Prince George's County police charged 30 members of the anti-abortion group Operation Rescue with criminal trespass yesterday for impeding the operation of a Hyattsville clinic.
About 70 members of the group were outside Reproductive Health Services on Riggs Road when the medical facility opened at 7:30 a.m., authorities said. Seventeen adults and 13 juveniles were charged with trespassing and interference.
Several of the protesters forced their way into the building, shackled themselves together and refused to leave.
Police were called by the clinic staff and some of the demonstrators had to be carried from the building.
The protesters were taken to the Hyattsville Justice Center where they were charged with the misdemeanor offenses and released.
Authorities said no injuries were reported and clinic operations returned to normal about three hours later.