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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Officers have cited a group of protesters at the Iowa Capitol who gathered in and around the staff offices of Gov. Kim Reynolds.

The Iowa State Patrol briefly held 10 people Monday afternoon who refused to leave the building at the close of business hours. They were cited for misdemeanor trespassing and released.

The protesters, who were part of a larger group of several dozen people, gathered inside Reynolds' staff offices and later outside them to highlight issues tied to poverty, inequality and the environment. They requested to schedule meetings with Reynolds.

The Republican governor was in eastern Iowa at the time.

The protest is part of nationwide events tied to a "Poor People's Campaign" that works off a similar initiative launched by Martin Luther King Jr.

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