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Post time 2008-3-21 01:53:24 |Display all floors
Is this what "Freedom" means?
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Post time 2008-3-21 17:19:00 |Display all floors
We have seen the recent marches by the anti-war movement in the US being hounded by the security forces there.

Why are people not allowed to speak up about how they feel?

Is this the way the "land of so-called freedom" treat its citizens?
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Post time 2008-3-21 17:23:51 |Display all floors
At least 200 arrested in U.S. antiwar protests

Protestors dressed as a Guantamo Bay prisoners demonstrate in front of the White House

By Andy Sullivan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than 200 people were arrested across the United States on Wednesday as protesters marking the fifth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq obstructed downtown traffic and tried to block access to government offices.

There were 32 arrests in Washington after demonstrators attempted to block entrances to the Internal Revenue Service, while 30 others were arrested outside a congressional office building, police said.

Protesters had hoped to shut down the IRS, the U.S. tax collection agency, to highlight the cost of the war. Police cleared the building's entrances within an hour.

In San Francisco, long a center of anti-Iraq war sentiment, police arrested more than 100 people who protested through the day along Market Street in the central business district, a spokesman said.

Sgt. Steve Maninna said officers had arrested 143 people on charges including trespassing, resisting arrest and obstructing traffic.

Four women were also detained for hanging a large banner off the city's famous Golden Gate Bridge and then released, said bridge spokeswoman Mary Currie.

On Washington's National Mall, about 100 protesters carried signs that read: "The Endlessness Justifies the Meaninglessness" and waved upside-down U.S. flags, a traditional sign of distress.

"Bush and Cheney, leaders failed, Bush and Cheney belong in jail," they chanted, referring to U.S. President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.

One hour after the IRS standoff, several dozen protesters waved signs that read: "Stop Paying to Kill" and "How Much Longer?" as a ragtag brass band played. IRS employees were easily able to enter the building.

"We wanted to put our bodies between the money and what that money goes to fund -- the war, the occupation, the bombs," said Frida Berrigan, an organizer with the War Resisters League.

The war has cost the United States $500 billion since the invasion to topple Saddam Hussein began in March 2003 and is a major issue in November's U.S. presidential election. Tens of thousands of Iraqis have been killed and millions more displaced, with almost 4,000 U.S. soldiers killed.


Later, scores of noisy protesters blocked a busy intersection in Washington's business district. They picketed in front of the offices of The Washington Post and threw red paint on the building that houses the Examiner newspaper and Bechtel National Inc, which has handled major reconstruction projects in Iraq.

In New York, about 30 members of the "Granny Peace Brigade" gathered in Times Square, knitting in hand, to demand troops be brought home now.

"We're out here to show people that this war is madness. We never should have gotten into this war in the first place," said Shirley Weiner, 80.

Police in Boston arrested five people who blocked access to a military recruitment center by lying on a sidewalk dressed as slain Iraqi civilians, an Iraqi mourner, a slain U.S. soldier and an American citizen in mourning.

"We went to this military recruiting station today because we want to see the war end immediately," said activist Joe Previtera in a statement. "Silently waiting for Congress to act on this war in 2009 will condemn thousands more people to injury and senseless death. Enough is enough."

(Additional reporting by Lisa Lambert and Donna Smith in Washington, Adam Tanner in San Francisco and Emily Chasan in New York; Editing by Peter Cooney) ... ;ARTICLE_ID=1247016

Protestors dressed as Guantanamo Bay prisoners stand in front of the White House in Washington during a demonstration marking the fifth anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, March 19, 2008 . REUTERS/Jim Young (Reuters)
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Post time 2008-3-23 00:13:55 |Display all floors
Yep. If you block traffic or prevent people from getting into a government office, you'll be arrested post haste. In fact, were I to walk down to Wilshire right now and stand on the crosswalk to prevent the left-hand turn lane from moving, I'll be arrested for that provided I'm not run down by  a Bentley.
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Post time 2008-4-13 10:45:32 |Display all floors
Well as far as the streets go, in the United States, as long as a pedestrian is walking within a designated crosswalk, any oncoming vehicle is supposed to yeld because as long as you are walking in the designated crosswalk , the pedestrian ALWAYS has the right away.

Then again people are SUPPOSED to stop at red lights also and... that doesnt always work out.

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Post time 2008-4-13 20:31:57 |Display all floors
The other thing to note is that demonstrators in the US try to get arrested and this is set up with the police before hand. I once joined an environmental demonstration and the matter of arrest was discussed during the organizing meeting. The organizers wanted to know who intended to be arrested and provided literature on arrest procedures so that mass arrest could be handled as safely as possible. The police were then informed of how many people were going to try to be arrested and, in general, how.

And so it goes. Since the police can't arrest anyone till they actually do something illegal and ignore orders to stop, it makes sense to undertake the organization of mass arrests so as to preserve the peace of the protests. So... yeah... mass arrest is usually the result of how protests are conducted and designed from the beginning.
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