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I-69 Opponents Denounce Statehouse Vandalism

Anti-interstate activist claims frustration over distraction of graffiti.

Indiana State Police say participants are accused of spray-painting slogans on the capital building’s walls. One woman faces charges of resisting arrest.

Sandra Tokarski is a longtime organizer with Citizens for Appropriate Rural Roads. She says having the anti-I-69 movement associated with those acts frustrates their efforts to work within the system.

Tokarski says she’s frustrated by the disproportionate media attention on a few acts of vandalism over the movement’s continual and legal opposition efforts. Members of the “Roadless Summer” group that sponsored the protest on Saturday have also publicly denounced the vandalism, saying the gathering was intended as a peaceful and legal demonstration.

Adam Schweigert

is the Online Director for Indiana Public Media (WFIU/WTIU) and has been with WFIU Public Radio since the fall of 2003, previously serving as Director of Multimedia Initiatives, Music Director and Arts Bureau Chief. Adam has been involved in the creation and production of Kinsey Confidential, Earth Eats, Artworks, Muslim Voices, and A Moment of Science (video). He was born in Akron, Ohio, received degrees in music composition, music theory and oboe performance from Ohio State University and attended Indiana University for music composition and computer music. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana with his dog Sydney.

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