Keystone XL Pipeline has been a hotly contested issue that a group will protest against Wednesday at CCSU.
Peace activist Madea Benjamin claims the U.S. embassy did nothing to help her.
NEW BRITAIN, CT (WFSB) -
Dozens of protestors were in New Britain ahead of President Barack Obama's visit to Central Connecticut State University on Wednesday.
Groups gathered to protest against the president's Middle East policy, the Keystone XL Pipeline and other issues.
One group said they fear the massive pipeline would make oil spills more common. The president was expected to give his approval to build the pipeline that would transport oil from Canada to Texas. Obama argued that the multibillion dollar project would create jobs.
"Want Obama to say no to an extremely pollutant pipeline," said CCSU Professor Charles Button. "Second, take action on climate change as promised and thirdly, clean sustainable renewable energy."
UConn senior Andrea Kolinsky was also there. She said she was president of the Ukrainian Student Association on the Storrs campus. She wanted the president to do more for the crisis in Crimea.
"It's a very sad situation. This is our homeland and it hurts to see our friends, family struggling, facing who knows what under the Russian government," she said. "It's sad. So, we're here to get President Obama to do a little bit more."
Dan Buzzell of Cheshire said he recently lost his job in construction.
"We want work, not handouts," he said. "We're currently unemployed for two and a half months and we want jobs, work. We're not happy with the president. Manufacturing jobs, moving out of state, and assuming it's taxes, make it better to get back to work."
Another group protested in connection with peace activist Madea Benjamin. Benjamin, a U.S. citizen, claimed the U.S. embassy did nothing to help her while she was jailed and beaten in Egypt. She reportedly used her Twitter account to post messages that read "help, they broke my arm."
Benjamin said she's since been released.
The groups invited anyone who wishes to join them to meet at the campus.
The president stopped at the campus to garner support for increasing minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. He was joined by Gov. Dannel Malloy and governors from Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Vermont, all of whom support the minimum wage increase.
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