On April 8. the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance(NCNR) joined forces with SOA watch for protest of militarism, its effects on people, and it's effects on the environment at the protest. Both people in the civil disobediance and in the "free speech zone" were met with arrests and police brutality.
Police also had warned protesters that cameras used on Pentagon property would be taken, so I disengaged at the property line to avoid kicking off the violence myself with a Dec 19 type incident if someone tried for my camera. Another participant, however, was able to shoot video footage from a concealed camera and video of the brutal arrests is expected to be published early next week.
The two-pronged event began with SAO Watch marching to the Pentagon on surface streets. At the same time, 25 people with the NCNR contingent boarded the Metro and approached the Pentagon from the Pentagon Metro station. They marched towards the Pentagon, demanding to meet with Pentagon officials and present them with a letter. Police stopped them, read out their three warnings at intervals of 7 seconds and pounced before their speaker could even finish the third and final "warning."
Arrestees arms were wrenched hard behind their back's leaving people with sore shoulders for hours. An 80 year old woman was knocked to the ground. Police then told people they were being removed in handcuffs as a "warning"-but chose to charge 8 people with "disorderly conduct" after finding 8 had prior arrests at protests in the area.