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Published On: Tue, Oct 8th, 2013

Vietnam Vets arrested at Memorial for violating ‘curfew’

Police reportedly arrested several anti-war veterans and other protesters at the Vietnam war memorial in New York City Monday night after they refused to leave the site after the 10 p.m. curfew time.

Police gave multiple warnings as veterans continued to read from a list of names. Video from the event shows that not only veterans were detained, but also younger participants in the vigil as well.

Some of the individuals arrested were reportedly Vietnam veterans, Veterans for Peace and other anti-war protesters gathered at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza in NYC on Monday night to mark the 12th anniversary of the “invasion and occupation of Afghanistan” and honor the fallen until morning.

Ken Mayers (Vietnam Vet) getting arrested 4trespassing on Vietnam Memorial marking 12yrs of #USA inv* of #Afganistan  – tweeted with a photo (below) by Libor Von Schönau@LiborVS

The Park Service reportedly rejected the group’s permit application to hold their demonstration at the site, but they proceeded anyway.

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.”

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