Hundreds of Canadians Called for the Arrest of Dick Cheney During Book Tour
Posted By: Jordon [Send E-Mail]
Date: Tuesday, 27-Sep-2011 17:20:07
In Response To: Veterans Attempt Citizens Arrest of Rumsfeld in Boston -vid (Jordon)
VANCOUVER – Police were called in to control protesters who tried to block people from entering the Vancouver Club downtown Monday evening, where former U.S. vice-president Dick Cheney was to speak at a sold-out event.
Several hundred protesters chanted and booed and called for the arrest of Cheney, who was here promoting his memoir.
Police forcibly moved demonstrators and, at one point, officers had to assist guests into the building, pulling one woman and her escort over protesters sitting side-by-side at a rear entrance.
Reportedly, there were no arrests.
“We are here to call for the arrest of Dick Cheney, he is a self-confessed war criminal in his book and immigration has taken other war criminals out,” said a woman who declined to give her name.
Protest organizers with the group Stopwar.ca demanded Canada arrest Cheney because of his support for the practice of simulated drowning, waterboarding, sleep deprivation and other interrogation methods prohibited by both Canadian and international law.
Earlier, Cheney sat down with Sun News Network for an exclusive interview.
During that interview with Byline’s Brian Lilley, he discounted the protesters.
“The ones I have heard don’t know much of the details of what happened,” he said. “We did in fact have a program of advanced interrogation techniques. It was very carefully prepared. It was done with the approval of the president and the (U.S.) Justice Department approving it every step of the way.”
Cheney was promoting his book, In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir, at a sold-out, $500-a-ticket event hosted by the Bon Mot Book Club.
In his book, he detailed his support of methods used to interrogate prisoners and perceived American enemies in the U.S. war against terrorism.
He is to appear in Calgary Tuesday, the second and final stop of his Canadian tour.
Veterans Attempt Citizens Arrest of Rumsfeld in Boston -vid
Posted By: Jordon [Send E-Mail]
Date: Tuesday, 27-Sep-2011 17:06:20
Several members of the group Veterans for Peace were escorted out of the Old South Meeting House in Boston Monday night after they attempted a citizen’s arrest of former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
“I went down in front and looked Donald Rumsfeld in the eye and said, ‘I’m making a citizen’s arrest,’” protester Nate Goldschlag told WCVB-TV.
“He lied us into Iraq. He lied about weapons of mass destruction. He lied about Saddam Hussein being involved in 9/11.”
Three of the protesters removed from the event were with Veterans for Peace and a fourth was a member of Code Pink. One protester was arrested outside the event for allegedly using a bullhorn to assault a police officer.
Most of the 300 people who had to buy a copy of Rumsfeld’s book, “Known and Unknown,” to attend the event appeared to be fans.
“He’s one of the greatest Americans that has ever lived,” one woman said.
Watch this video from WCVB-TV, broadcast Sept. 26, 2011.