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Protesters arrested as Panetta testifies on Hill

- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 13, 2011

At least eight people from the October 2011 Movement were arrested by Capitol Police on Thursday morning outside the Rayburn House Office Building.

The protesters were led away with their hands tied behind their backs with plastic cuffs while they shouted complaints such as "It's not about me. It's not about money. It's about people."

Movement organizer Kevin Zeese said the protest was held to disrupt a meeting between Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs Chairman Martin Dempsey on Capitol Hill.

At least two protesters apparently got inside the building and were brought out by police at about 10: 25 a.m.

"The decade of war has been a costly failure - costly in lives and dollars -- that has undermined our national security and weakened the rule of law," Mr. Zeese said. "This has been a decade of disgrace for the United States with torture, widespread incarceration of civilians without charges and mass killing of innocent civilians."

The men and women behind the October 2011/Stop the Machine movement have been living in tents erected on Freedom Plaza, blocks from the White House, since Oct. 6. The group initially gathered to protest the 10th anniversary of the invasion of Afghanistan but have remained in the city to argue against corporate and government greed.

On Saturday the protesters shut down the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum on the National Mall due to the large number that showed up at the doors to protest a drone exhibit. On Wednesday six demonstrators were arrested in the atrium of the Hart Building, which is also on Capitol Hill.

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