Hardly Reported: More Than 130 Anti-War Protesters Including Daniel Ellsberg Arrested In Front Of White House
Hundreds of anti-war protesters demonstrated in front of the White House Thursday, leading to more than 130 arrests. Among the arrested were Daniel Ellsberg, the former military analyst who leaked the Pentagon Papers in 1971. Ellsberg spoke in support of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and alleged document procurer Pvt. Bradley Manning. The arrests were peaceful, with some going limp and one attaching himself to the White House gate with a bike 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.
Ellsberg tweeted his latest escapade, linking to Veterans for Peace, which mentions on its site that approximately 2/3 of those arrested were veterans, and the rally attracted roughly 500 participants.
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