“Get out of here you low-life scum,” McCain snapped at one point.
According to the AP, Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) was left fuming mad after hecklers disrupted a congressional hearing on Thursday.
According to ABC News, the protesters, who were affiliated with the liberal activist group Code Pink, swarmed behind former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger as he arrived for a Senate hearing on national security.
“Arrest Henry Kissinger for war crimes!” the protesters chanted, apparently upset at the Nixon administration official for his role in the Vietnam War.
McCain, a Vietnam veteran, had no understanding for their criticism.
“You’re going to have to shut up, or I’m going to have you arrested,” he told them.
McCain also apologized to Kissinger for allowing their “despicable” interruption to occur.
Protesters opposed to the TPP multi-national trade deal being negotiated in secret by a dozen countries – including the United States – protested a US Senate hearing early Tuesday to speak out against the proposal.
The top U.S. trade official told lawmakers the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal could be wrapped up within months and urged Congress to give the White House fast track authority to approve the deal.
Protesters with the group Flush the Trans-Pacific Partnership repeatedly interrupted U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman’s testimony before Congress.
The protesters — Dr. Margaret Flowers, Kevin Zeese and retired steelworker Richard Ochs — were all arrested.
David Pakman video.
Police brutality at UC Berkeley is caught on video.
The video (posted under the Youtube name bagheera) gives this information:
“At 5PM on 12/6/14, hundreds of UC Berkeley students and Berkeley residents began a peaceful march from Sproul Plaza to the Berkeley Marina to protest the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, and countless other brown and black youth at the hands of police. Along the way, police set up barricades and fired rubber bullets and smoke bombs, shattering one student’s knee and causing another student to have a seizure…”
“This video begins with riot police forcing students south down Telegraph, which only caused more Cal, Berkeley High, and City College students to join the struggle. The demonstrators were pushed all the way down Telegraph by waves of tear gas until they reached the border of Oakland, where the riot police finally dissipated.”
According to the AP, hundreds marched through Berkeley for a third night a row Monday night, blocking a major highway and stopping a train as activists in this liberal bastion protested grand jury decisions not to indict white police officers in the deaths of two unarmed black men on the other side of the country.
Protesters blocked traffic on both sides of Interstate 80 in Berkeley, while another group stood and sat on train tracks, temporarily forcing an Amtrak train to stop.
The California Highway Patrol said a large group of demonstrators destroyed a highway perimeter fence, moved into lanes and threw rocks and other objects at officers. It was claimed that it took about an hour and a half to clear the interstate, and no major injuries were reported.
CHiPs arrested 150 people on suspicion of resisting arrest, obstructing police and other charges.
Also, the Berkeley Police Department arrested nine people, including a juvenile, Officer Jennifer Coats said early Tuesday. She described the latest protests as mostly peaceful, with no injuries and no reports of looting or damaged property. Police estimated the crowd at about 1,500 people.
Police confirmed that there was a hit-and-run accident outside the Mission Inn’s annual Festival of Lights in Riverside, California. Witnesses said 3-4 people were hit by what appeared to be a BMW, but none were seriously injured. No one was taken to a hospital, it was reported.
Witnesses said the people who were struck were taking part in a protest against police brutality.
Social media exploded with reports from the scene mentioning “chaos.”
Jose Negrete tweeted, “Just saw some protesters get run over in Mission Inn avenue Downtown Riverside is crazy right now.”
Protesters said they were doing nothing but being peaceful when the car came rushing through.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, a man was arrested Wednesday evening in St. Louis after he drove through the crowd and later waved a gun at protesters.
A protest leader said four protesters were hit. A police spokeswoman said nobody was seriously hurt.
According to the Post-Dispatch, protesters then chased and surrounded the minivan, and the driver waved a black handgun at them. At one point, protesters broke out the van’s back window. The van was dented, and police recovered a rock from the back seat. Police took the driver, a 57-year-old man, into custody.
Hong Kong’s government Monday indicated it would be taking a harder line toward the protesters.
Hong Kong’s chief executive warned protesters not to return to the streets after they and police clashed early Monday outside government headquarters.
The clashes occurred in central Hong Kong after hundreds of demonstrators stormed past police lines early Monday in a bid to occupy a major road in the Admiralty district.
Hundreds of riot police armed with pepper spray and batons pushed back, injuring several protesters and arresting at least 18.
Protesters are demanding direct elections of the city’s leader in 2017.
The city’s chief executive, Leung Chun-ying, warned protesters from returning to the area around the government offices, saying police had been tolerant but would now take “resolute action,” suggesting that patience may have finally run out.
According to Raw Story, “Greek leaders at San Diego State University have announced that they were suspending all fraternity parties and social functions indefinitely after a weekend that not only involved taunting people protesting sexual assault, but also the seventh sexual assault at a fraternity house since the semester began in September, U-T San Diego reports.
“The InterFraternity Council admitted that the fraternity members who pelted participants in Friday’s Take Back the Night protest against sexual assault with eggs and waved dildos at them behaved in a manner that did “not reflect the values of the Greek community at SDSU.”
Keep in mind, the protesters are not protesting sex, they are protesting rape. Oddly, the fraternity members seem to have a problem with that. They must want the right to commit rape…?