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Veterans persecuted, arrested at Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza - Inside Out 2014.5.29
Nineteen military veterans were arrested at New York City’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza for refusing to leave the memorial park in October 2013. The veterans arrested were reading the names of the dead from the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Vietnam, as well as from the drone wars in Pakistan and other countries. The event, which was organized by Veterans for Peace members, had the following objectives in its action: calling for an end to the 12-year war in Afghanistan, calling for an end to all US wars of aggression, remembering all those who have fallen or been wounded by war and standing up for soldiers’ rights, duty and sworn oath, to defend the constitution and to assemble and organize. For the veterans, defending First Amendment rights is inextricably intertwined with protesting war. Fourteen of those arrested were released after being given criminal summonses and charged with “remaining in the park after it is closed to public” and “failure to comply with a police order.” KQ / HJL /