BOSTON – Thirteen people were arrested at the State House Thursday night after refusing to disperse following a protest in support of issuing driver's licenses to non-citizens.

The nine women and four men were booked at various State Police barracks on trespassing charges, according to Dave Procopio, media communications director of the Massachusetts State Police.

After the building closed to the public at 6 p.m., troopers responded to the House Speaker’s Office, where about 25 people had gathered in the reception area and were sitting in doorways and blocking paths.

Some of the protestors had indicated beforehand their preference to be arrested, Procopio said.

Troopers repeatedly gave protesters orders to disperse and warned them if they did not, they'd be arrested. Eventually, he said, several protestors voluntarily moved but the remaining 13 were arrested without incident.

Most, if not all, were expected to released on personal recognizance by a bail clerk after they are booked, he said.

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