Over a dozen protesters from a multitude of peace and anti-torture organizations were arrested Wednesday in the Hart Senate Office Building.
The group was arrested for singing in an “unauthorized demonstration” in the capitol. The arrestees ranged from college-age activists to an elderly woman zip-tied by police while using a walker.
The protesters entered the building to deliver a petition signed by about 60,000 people to Senator Dianne Feinstein’s office. Feinstein’s Chief of Staff refused to accept the signatures due to security concerns.
Activists that did not sing weren’t arrested.
The demonstration concluded a rally and march that began earlier Wednesday at the Supreme Court. About 100 protesters gathered to speak out against indefinite detention and demand that President Obama shut down Guantanamo bay before the inauguration of president-elect Donald Trump.
Livestream: Protesters Rally and March from Supreme Court to Senate
Organizations participating included Amnesty International USA, The Bill of Rights Defense Committee, the Center for Constitutional Rights, CloseGuantánamo.org, Code Pink, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Defending Dissent Foundation, Ray McGovern with Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms, National Religious Campaign Against Torture, No More Guantánamos, September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, the Torture Abolition and Survivor and Support Coalition, Veterans for Peace, We Stand with Shaker, Witness Against Torture, Women Against Military Madness, World Can’t Wait, and others.
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