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18 Arrests Made After Police Break Up Oct. 25 Hartford, Conn. Peace Protest
10 Nov 2001
On Oct. 25 students and other activists organized a peace protest in Connecticut's capital city of Hartford. Between The Lines Melinda Tuhus was at the rally and filed this report(A RealAudio Version of this interview may be found At http://www.btlonline.org).
18 Arrests Made After Police Break Up Oct. 25 Hartford, Conn. Peace Protest

Interview by Between the Lines' Melinda Tuhus.

Even before the U.S. began its bombing campaign against the Taliban government of Afghanistan, thousands of American citizens demonstrated against the prospect of a new war. Although much of the corporate media either ignored or denigrated those calling for a more peaceful method of bringing the perpetrators of the Sept. 11th terror attacks to justice, protests have taken place in hundreds of cities and on university campuses around the country.

On Oct. 25 students and other activists organized a peace protest in Connecticut's capital city of Hartford. But when more than 200 demonstrators attempted to march from Bushnell Park to the office of U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman in rush hour traffic, police moved in using pepper spray and clubs to break up the crowd. One demonstrator, a 60-year-old Vietnam Veteran, was hospitalized for a broken rib after being tackled by police.

Eighteen of those participating in the march were arrested on a range of serious charges and held overnight on $10,000 to $50,000 bail. A Green party member of Hartford's city council has called for an investigation.

Between The Lines Melinda Tuhus was at the rally and filed this report(A RealAudio Version of this interview may be found At http://www.btlonline.org).

To contribute to the Hartford 18's defense fund, contact the Danbury Independent Media Center at (203) 744-0763 or visit their Web site at www.madhattersimc.org or email ernie (at) madhattersimc.org

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