A Holocaust survivor, 90-years-old, was arrested for her part in a peaceful protest march and blockade of Gov. Jay Nixon's office in downtown St. Louis. The elderly woman, cane in hand, had joined a mass of people marching with the Organization of Black Struggle on Monday.
The protestors are calling for Ferguson police to tone down their heavy-handed tactics, the sacking of Police Chief Tom Jackson and for the cop who killed 18-year-old Michael Brown – Darren Wilson – to be arrested on murder charges.
Writes the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: "One of those arrested was Hedy Epstein, a 90-year-old Holocaust survivor and political activist. She wore a black T-shirt that read, ‘Stay Human.’ She was one of several who led the march of protesters with a banner that, in part, read, ‘Don't shoot.’ She was one of eight who were led away by police for failure to disperse from the front door of the building."
Video shows a handcuffed Hedy being led into the police station, escorted by two female cops, one of whom is carrying the 90-year-old’s cane. A crowd that had gathered jeered the cops, clapped sarcastically at the arrest, and also gave applause to the Epstein’s support for their cause.
Hedy commented that she’s a veteran when it comes to peaceful dissent and actionable protests, though she didn’t think she would have to hit the pavement again at such a ripe age.
"I've been doing this since I was a teenager. I didn't think I would have to do it when I was 90," she said.
As the Daily Mail’s headline succinctly said: Holocaust survivor, 90, who helped convict Nazis at the Nuremberg trials is among nine arrested for marching against deployment of National Guard in Missouri.
The crowd that had marched on the Wainwright building in Kiener Plaza chanted “National Guard has got to go.” Some members, including Hedy, locked arms to block pedestrians from getting in or out of the building. They were arrested and charged with “failing to disperse.”
The unarmed teen’s killing has touched off nightly riots and lootings among those who are concurrently demonstrating in a peaceful way. Multiple shootings have occurred, and dozens of individuals have been arrested.
Michael Brown’s autopsy results, released this week, spurred another round of violent protests, though CNN also reported on a source that said Brown charged Officer Wilson, forcing him to gun him down.
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