Thursday, September 25 2008 - In the Media
Anti-war veterans unfurl 'Arrest Bush/Cheney' banner at National Archives
September 24, 2008
At 7:30 a.m. this morning, they climbed a nine-foot fence to occupy a 35-foot-high ledge at the National Archives.
And five members of the Veterans for Peace organization have been there ever since. They say they're veterans of Vietnam and Iraq, anti-war activists, and soldiers for a cause who plan to fast for 24 hours in protest of the Bush administration.
Seeking the criminal prosecution of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, the organization distributed "Citizens' Arrest Warrants" to tourists waiting in line to enter the archives, which houses the key documents of U.S. history: the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
In a press release, the group described the reasons for its protest:
So far, authorities have not interfered with the peaceful protest or the sign.
Yes, there's a sign. A 22-foot-by-x8-foot banner draped across the Constitution Avenue side of the archives says, "DEFEND OUR CONSTITUTION. ARREST BUSH AND CHENEY: WAR CRIMINALS!"
Here's the video.
-- Johanna Neuman
Photo: Veterans for Peace
RELATED UPDATE 9/25/08:
From the Veterans for Peace site:
FIVE VFP MEMBERS OCCUPY NATIONAL ARCHIVES BUILDING
* Update * The five members of VFP stayed on the ledge for the planned 24 hours. They safely got down 8:30am Thursday morning. Read the Arrest Warrant they were handing out to passers by.
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