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.