4 octobre 2009
October 5, 2009, 61 Americans were arrested at the White House while protesting the Obama administration's continuation of Bush-era policies of war and indefinite detention.
The nonviolent “Civil Resistance” action was the largest such antiwar demonstration at this particular site, since President Barack Obama took office. Hundreds more participated in the event, but chose not to get arrested. Some of those arrested wore orange jump suits and black hoods. A few had chained themselves to the White House fence. “Peace Mom,” Cindy Sheehan was one of those arrested. According to the press release of the sponsoring groups the action was carried out in order to focus attention on ending the U.S. war in Afghanistan and the U.S. occupation of Iraq; stopping the U.S. drone bombings in Pakistan; and to demand the closing, as a moral and legal issue, of the Gitmo and Bagram prisons. The activists also want the culpable members of the Bush-Cheney Gang brought to the Bar of Justice for their role in sanctioning and carrying out the illegal policy of torture. See: http://www.iraqpledge.org/ and http://www.democrats.com/node/21009 and http://vcnv.org/ncnr and for a legal perspective on the practice of nonviolent resistance, check out Professor Frances A. Boyle’s excellent book, “Protesting Power: War, Resistance, and Law” at: http://baltimore.indymedia.org/newswi…