Veterans of the Vietnam War were arrested earlier tonight at the New York City memorial after staying on the premises past the curfew time of 10 p.m. Police gave multiple warnings as veterans continued to read from a list of names. Video from the event shows that not only veterans were loaded into the paddy wagon, but also younger participants in the vigil as well.
The gathering took place in part to protest the twelfth anniversary of the war in Afghanistan. A similar protest and set of arrests occurred last year at the memorial. In the video embedded below, 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."
Other spectators recorded the arrests as well. It is not yet known exactly how many people were arrested at the site.
"One Adam 12, we have veterans exercising their right to free speech, we need backup" pic.twitter.com/80oAbpw0SI— Nicky Ocean ⚓ (@SeaNick_) October 8, 2013
Names of veterans who died at war still being read as arrest happening.People singing"which side are you on" pic.twitter.com/EKyBJigBIH— Nicky Ocean ⚓ (@SeaNick_) October 8, 2013