Pro-lifer Father Tony Van Hee, who has spent 140 days fasting on the Hill, was the first of two people arrested on Monday, March 19, under new regulations banning demonstrators from carrying signs or shouting within 50 meters (150 feet) of Parliament.

Father Van Hee neither carried a sign nor had he been shouting. Frail and wrapped in a blanket, he sat silently on the stone balastrade opposite Parliament.

Unemployed businessman Glen Kealy, who did shout regularly, was arrested immediately after Father Van Hee. Both have stayed in jail. Their bail hearing was set for Friday, March 23.

The arrests have caused a furor among MPs and the media.