Former U.S. vice-president Dick Cheney leaves after attending the funeral service of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher at St Paul’s Cathedral, in London April 17, 2013. Credit: Reuters/Olivia Harris
Two protesters were arrested at the McLean, Virginia, home of former Vice President Dick Cheney on Saturday after 20 demonstrators, some in orange prison jumpsuits, walked onto his property to mark the 14th anniversary of the opening of Guantanamo Bay prison.
The protesters from the anti-war group Code Pink walked up to the house before police arrived and asked them to leave, said Fairfax County police spokesman Roger Henriquez. Two members who refused to go were arrested on trespassing charges, he said. (more…)
Demonstrators protest against the new public security law (“ley mordaza”) approved by the lower house of parliament, in Madrid on December 20, 2014.(AFP Photo / Pierre-Philippe Marcou)
More than 30 cities in Spain have expressed their anger over the so-called ‘gag’ legislation that criminalizes social protest and, demonstrators say, curbs the freedom of expression.
The slogan of the movement is “Gag Law, why do they want to shut us up?” and unites several groups of citizens spearheaded by the “We Are Not Criminals” civil platform. (more…)
By Rob Evans
Police asked a university to hand over a list of members of the public who were due to attend a public debate on its campus.
Canterbury Christ Church University, which had invited experts to debate the merits of fracking in an open forum, refused to hand over the list, and the police request has drawn sharp criticism, with one of the panellists branding it deplorable. (more…)
By Elizabeth Miller
Nation of Change
During a march through Oakland and Berkeley on Wednesday, an undercover cop posing as one of the demonstrators drew his gun on the protestors. During the demonstration the officer and his partner were outed by the crowed, resulting in at least one officer drawing his weapon and making arrests.
Accounts, according to tweets from Storify and a news report from NBC, vary, with the officer claiming he pulled his gun after being attacked, but witnesses claiming punches were thrown after the gun was already drawn. (more…)