Grandmother arrested while trying to save the children of Yemen

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

People Present: Members of Voices for Creative Nonviolence and their friends. Members of the New York Police Department. Bystanders

Location: The United States Mission to the United Nations, First Avenue, NYC.

Introduction: This is the fifth day of a fast and series of demonstrations beginning in York City on December 29, 2018 and closing in Washington, D.C. on January 12.

The Call: Institute sustained measures to cease all hostilities in Yemen, end weapon sales to any of the warring parties, protect supply lines, facilitate aid operations, stabilize the Yemeni economy and avoid famine.

The demonstrators gathered at the US Mission, peacefully blocking the doors. Almost immediately the police broadcast a prerecorded arrest warning. One officer very obviously took surveillance videos. The recording sounded a bit like Steven Hawking’s voice machine or like George Orwell’s Big Brother. It sounded like it was designed to intimidate. And since the NYPD is capable of surreptitiously taking photos and videos, our best guess is the police officer with the little camera was sending us a message first, and collecting information second.

Joan and Alice were arrested today.

Eva-Lee Baird for the Granny Peace Brigade

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