Silent protesters harassed, ejected from US Senate hearings February 16, 2007Posted by infidelkafirwatch in Uncategorized.
Gets my respect..
Incidents at two Senate hearings on Bush’s Iraq war plan provide a telling commentary on the state of American democracy.
On Thursday, during the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Bush’s plan to escalate the war in Iraq, this reporter was sitting across the isle from a young man who was determined to register his opposition to the war by silently holding up a small sign bearing an antiwar slogan.
This elementary and non-confrontational expression of political thought prompted repeated warnings from armed police stationed in the conference hall. Two of them surrounded the silent, seated man several times to demand that he put away his sign. Each time he lowered the sign for a time, and then raised it again after a few minutes.
This affront to authority had to be stopped at all costs, and finally the police grabbed the man and dragged him out of the hall. “No more war! No more lies!” he shouted as he was being hustled out of the supposed temple of American democracy. [read more]