No, these guys weren’t there to protest the federal government’s shutdown, they were there to bring awareness to atrocities committed by the U.S during the Vietnam war.

In the video embedded above, a veteran tells NYPD officers about the “immense atrocities” committed in Vietnam, and “some of you are so much younger, and history has been denied you, so you just need to know why we are here.”

The timing of the protest wasn’t coincidental. Yesterday was the 12th anniversary of the beginning of the War in Afghanistan. The veterans were in the middle of reading a list of names of their fallen comrades when the NYPD began asking them to disperse.

The memorial is a privately owned memorial and closes at 10pm. The veterans refused to leave after being asked numerous times and were eventually arrested by the heroes at the NYPD. Welcome to the new police state where, even veterans of foreign wars, aren’t safe from arrest. A group peacefully gathered in a public, albeit privately owned, memorial to protest a perpetual war and atrocities committed in previous wars are taken to jail for hanging around past an irrelevant closing time.

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Posted by James Poling

A socialist, tinkerer, thinker, question asker and all around curiosity seeker. If you'd like to reach me you can use the contact link above or email me at jamespoling [at] gmail [dot] com.

6 Comments

  1. It seems like it is getting to be more of a police state as of late. I wonder if the Police Officers had any remorse for arresting these vets? They were just doing their jobs, I know but there is still potential for a human being to have remorse.

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    1. I was curious about that too. I would like to think they felt some remorse but I doubt they did. If virtually anyone in that chain of command had felt remorse they could have refused to arrest them and just stood by until it was over to make sure it remained peaceful.

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  2. I believe i recognize one of those men, from my military days. He and I didn’t get along very well, but he did serve his country and does not belong in jail.

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    1. Wow, that would be crazy if that really is a guy you served with.

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  3. War is hell. Some wars and some events during war are set aside and placed in special places because even Satan doesn’t want to know about the things that happened. I know, the first Gulf war included some things that no one will ever know about.

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    1. As someone who’s father and now nephew has served in foreign wars I learned at young age that you do not ask a veteran about what happened “over there”. If there are any stories they want to share with you they will.

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