2 arrested after woman chains herself to White House fence

By Martin Weil and Clarence Williams
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Two women created a stir outside the White House on Tuesday when one poured a black liquid on the other in a demonstration linked to the visit of the president of Peru.

A 20-year-old woman chained herself to the fence in front of the White House about 5 p.m., and her mother poured an unknown black liquid on her, a U.S. Secret Service spokesman said.

The incident brought personnel from a variety of public safety agencies to the Pennsylvania Avenue sidewalk, which was cordoned off.

Secret Service spokesman Max Milien said the women were protesting what they said was the Peruvian government's sale of land to oil companies. President Obama met late Tuesday with Peru's president, Alan GarcĂ­a.

The black liquid was apparently intended to symbolize petroleum. Milien said authorities determined that it was not flammable or toxic.

Pete Piringer, a spokesman for D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services, said authorities thought that the liquid was paint. Fire department workers helped to sever the chain.

The Secret Service said the women were arrested.

The area was reopened to pedestrians at 6:45 p.m.

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