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News :: Human Rights : Politics
Members of BC Community Hang Protest Banner During Rice Address
22 May 2006
Modified: 06:52:12 PM
Three people hung a banner reading "BC Honors Lies & Torture" during the Boston College commencement address by Condoleezza Rice.
During this morning’s Boston College commencement address by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who received an honorary degree, three people unfurled a banner reading, “BC Honors Lies & Torture.” The banner was visible for five minutes next to a Puerto Rican flag held by a different group. Campus police removed the flag and escorted the three out of the stadium.

The three people were Caroline Arpe, a member of the Catholic Worker movement and former coordinator of BC volunteer students, Ivy Schlegel, graduate student in the BC Lynch School of Education, and Patrick Keaney, BC Arts and Sciences alumnus Class of 1990.

“I am outraged and deeply saddened by the BC’s choice of Condoleezza Rice as a commencement speaker,” said Schlegel. “Secretary Rice is part of administration that protects corporate interest and secures imperialism at the expense of human lives and dignity. By honoring Secretary Rice, the administration of Boston College affirms this illegal and immoral approach to geopolitics, rather than encouraging students to consistently advocate for social justice and struggle against global oppression. Though I respect the accomplishments of all students and honorees at graduation, I feel strongly that a truthful viewpoint be presented during Secretary Rice’s address.”

“We felt that it was important to express our disgust with Condoleezza Rice, and the people at Boston College who made the decision to bestow this dubious honor on her,” said Keaney.

“Secretary Rice is a war criminal,” said Arpe. “Honoring her makes Boston College complicit in war crimes, including torture at Guatanamo Bay, Abu Ghraib, Bagram Air Base, and numerous secret detention facilities; the use of depleted uranium and white phosphorous; the illegal invasion of Iraq resulting in the deaths of more than 2,000 American soldiers and 100,000 Iraqis.”

Photographs by Jonathan McIntosh.

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