Vietnam Veterans Arrested For Violating Curfew In The City That Never Sleeps

This doesn’t have anything to do with the government shutdown, but in New York City yesterday a group of Vietnam Veterans protesting the war in Afghanistan (and seeking to call attention to what they describe as the atrocities of the Vietnam War) were arrested. For violating curfew. In the city that never sleeps.

From The Atlantic:

Veterans of the Vietnam War were arrested earlier tonight at the New York City memorial after staying on the premises past the curfew time of 10 p.m. Police gave multiple warnings as veterans continued to read from a list of names. Video from the event shows that not only veterans were loaded into the paddy wagon, but also younger participants in the vigil as well.

The gathering took place in part to protest the twelfth anniversary of the war in Afghanistan. A similar protest and set of arrests occurred last year at the memorial. In the video embedded below, a veteran tells police that they are there to bring awareness to the “immense atrocities” committed in Vietnam, and that “some of you are so much younger, and history has been denied you, so you just need to know why we are here.”

“During the Bush administration, anti-war protests like this garnered a lot of attention from local and national media,” writes Ed Morrissey who also notes that The Atlantic was pretty much the only media outlet to cover the protest. “Odd that media interest has declined in the last few years, no?”

Well, yeah, but veterans getting arrested during a political protest doesn’t fit the narrative when a Democrat is president. Especially when the arrests produce images like this one:

And whatever we might think about the goal of this protest, is it really kosher to arrest people engaged in 1st amendment activities at 10:00pm at a memorial that is accessible by the public around the clock?

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • Yuna Braska


    Get your contradictory stupidity straight: do you think civil disobedience is absolutely and always wrong, or not?

    I see the stupid lying bigot now, unlike his whining about the Leith Grandma’s stealing a nazi flag and burning it, suddenly has problem with enforcing the law.


    You’re just on a stupid-hypocrite roll today, Rob… AND.. .you somehow managed to weave a conspiracy AND an indictment of hypocrisy into this one too. Except for your perennial higher education bashing, you’ve managed to weave all the rest of your moronic tropes into one article. If it weren’t too early to play the drinking game with your insipidly cliche negative ninny and whiny modus operandis… I’d be well on my way to intoxication already.

    “Well, yeah, but veterans getting arrested during a political protest doesn’t fit my delusional liberal media conspiracy narrative when a Democrat is president (i.e. media conspirators are HYPOCRITES)”

    There. Fixed it for you. You’re welcome.


    At least you’re being honest that your fact-free and paranoid delusional narratives are in fact just that: narratives.

    • Sue

      You seem to add Laughing Out Loud (LOL) in many of your drawn out posts. May I assume you are still rather young and attempting to assert yourself? It is good to see the youth engage their minds. Drop the LOL, be direct and lessen the insult aspect. You may find your points can be driven in a venue that would open a dialog more suited to a mature nature. I would not discourage the youth from exchanging their ideas.

  • Onslaught1066

    is it really kosher to arrest people engaged in 1st amendment activities

    “In March 2011, President Obama said it would be much easier being
    president of China, where you don’t have to deal with messy things like
    checks and balances and accountability.”

    You tell me.

    • borborygmi45

      He is right. Thomas Paine said the same thing in ‘Common Sense’ . It doesn’t make it right but it is a fact.

      • Onslaught1066

        I thought anything a liberal says is “right”.

        You better watch it or you might accidentally acquire a functioning conscience.

        • borborygmi45

          I believe you are thinking of Conservative Conceit.

          • Onslaught1066

            Non Sequitur.

  • eLucidive

    Protests against the Obama war machine don’t actually take place. Much like the Ft. Hood shooting wasn’t a terrorist attack, it was classified as work place violence so Obama could say there have been no terrorists attacks. I am really surprised he hasn’t reclassified the explosive vests jihadists martyr themselves with as an anti-infidel devices so he can say all suicide bombings against US have stopped.

    • Yuna Braska

      Another great example of fact-free paranoid delusion right wing narrative

      • eLucidive

        So you’ve got nothing on this subject either? LOL. Why am I not surprised?

        • Yuna Braska

          I responded to the article below.

          Please try to keep up, moron.

          • eLucidive

            It’s alright son. Just keep doing the best you can. You know what they say 1000 monkeys typing on a 1000 typewriters would eventually produce the work of Shakespeare and you have so much more going for you than any monkey. Chins up now.

      • Thresherman

        Another great example of fact-free paranoid left wing narrative.

  • Yuna Braska

    Come on Rob…

    Is civil disobedience always absolutely wrong or not? Get your cognitive dissonance straight.