Monday, May 4, 2009

60 anti-torture activists arrested at White House

60 anti-torture activists arrested at White House

U.S. Park Police have arrested about 60 anti-torture activists in front of the White House.

Sgt. David Schlosser says the protesters violated a permit regulation that required them to remain in motion on the center portion of a sidewalk. The protesters, wearing orange jumpsuits to represent Guantánamo Bay detainees who have been cleared for release, remain in custody.

Earlier, protesters marched from the U.S. Capitol to protest detention policies in the United States and what they call the government's refusal to prosecute torture.

Activists say they support a criminal inquiry into torture under the Bush administration. They say President Barack Obama has been reluctant to begin such an investigation.

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