South Burlington police broke up a “knit-in” at the offices of Vermont Gas late last week, after officials declined to meet with five women whose research left them concerned about the company’s pipeline permitting process. In what Vermont Public Radio cited as “perhaps the most civil of all disobediences,” the women “occupied the utility’s waiting room—and occupied themselves by knitting.” When the office closed, the women were told they were trespassing, and Jane Palmer—described by VPR as “a diminutive woman in a floral-print dress and a straw hat”—was arrested 30 minutes later. “Palmer was knitting what appeared to be a turquoise scarf, and had knitted about eight inches of it before Vermont Gas closed at 5 PM,” VPR reported. “It is unclear if she was allowed to continue her knitting at the police station.”
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