Veterans Return War Medals
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Veterans raise their hands in solidarity after throwing their medals towards the site of the NATO Summit in Chicago on Sunday.
Veterans Return War Medals as Thousands March on NATO Summit
Thousands of people marched in Chicago on Sunday in the largest demonstration so far against the NATO summit. The Chicago police have been criticized by activist groups for using violent force to break up protests. On Saturday, a police van was videotaped nearly running over a protester. Dozens of protesters have been arrested over the past two days. The Chicago police have also been accused of targeting independent media activists who have been streaming video of the protests live over the internet. On Saturday night, police detained three livestreamers at gunpoint. At the end of Sunday’s march, Iraq Veterans Against the War held a ceremony where nearly 50 veterans discarded their war medals by hurling them in the direction of the NATO summit.
Ken Mayer: "They feel that these medals were given to them in many instances for creating essentially unforgivable acts, inflicting pain on innocent civilians in most cases."
Alejandro Villatoro: "This is just to demonstrate that the current operations are not working. You know, I came to a conclusion that there is no such thing as war on terrorism. What we’re doing is waging war against the people of Afghanistan, which are resulting into joining the Taliban."