The demonstrators were shouting, “U.S. torture, it’s official, prosecute now!” and were quickly muted, but were still audible when they continuously chanted, “prosecute now!” Durbin immediately stopped speaking when the demonstrators started shouting, and he stood at the podium until they were escorted before he resumed his speech.
After 11 of them were arrested by Capitol Police, other visitors to the Senate gallery were warned: “One more outburst and you will be arrested … You’re here as a guest of the United States Senate.”
Over the weekend, anti-war group Code Pink staged protests at the homes of former Vice President Dick Cheney and CIA Director John Brennan for the anniversary of the opening of the Guantanamo Bay prison. Two were arrested and charged with misdemeanor trespassing and disorderly conduct.
Watch the video below, via C-SPAN 2:
[h/t The Hill]
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