Saturday, December 18, 2010

US Arrests Over 135 Anti-War Protesters

A Missouri-based veterans group organized the protesters, who marched up to the White House gates on Thursday and refused to disperse.

Among those arrested was a famous whistleblower of the Vietnam-era war, Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the Pentagon Papers as an act of protest in 1971.

Although the arrests were appropriately peaceful, some protesters went limp, forcing police to carry them to the loaned Metrobuses waiting to take them to a booking facility. A protester attached himself to the gate with a bicycle lock.

All were charged with failure to obey lawful order, a misdemeanor, said Park Police spokesman David Schlosser.

Schlosser said the protesters would be released after either forfeiting USD 100 or accepting an assigned court date.'


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