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Twenty three protesters were arrested Woodlawn Adult  Health Clinic 6337 S. Woodlawn early today.  Patients advocates occupying Woodlawn

Twenty three protesters were arrested at the Woodlawn Adult Health Clinic, 6337 S. Woodlawn early today. Patients and advocates occupying the Woodlawn Mental Health Clinic, protested outside the occupied clinic that faces city foreclosure, Friday, April 13, 2012 . | John H. White~Sun-Times.

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Updated: April 13, 2012 1:41PM

About two dozen people barricaded themselves inside a South Side mental health clinic Thursday, protesting Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plans to consolidate 12 city clinics into six.

The demonstrators, including about 50 people outside the clinic at 63rd Street and South Woodlawn Avenue, said they planned to stay on site until Emanuel agrees to keep all of the public clinics open.

One of the protest organizers, Matt Ginsburg, said he and about 20 others had been arrested for trespassing about 1 a.m. Friday.

He said the protesters put up barricades in front of the doors made of steel gates, piping and quick-dry cement, but that police used chainsaws to cut through them early Friday, arresting those inside.

Police News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro said 23 people were taken into custody early Friday. Eleven were released without charges, he said, and charges were pending against the remaining 12 as of about 4 a.m..

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