Vietnam War Veteran Arrested in Wisconsin Capitol While Standing Up for Free Speech

August 7, 2013  by Lady Forward

Vets for Peace flag taken from Vietnam War Veteran Mike Harrington.

Vets for Peace flag taken from Vietnam War Veteran Mike Hearington.

Mike Hearington, a Vietnam War veteran with Veterans for Peace, was arrested over the noon hour for participating in the Solidarity Sing Along. Capitol Police took a large white Veterans for Peace flag from Harrington’s hands and rolled it up. They handcuffed Hearington and marched him out of the rotunda, followed by his fellow Veterans for Peace activists and a crowd of outraged supporters.

Another view:

Vet arrested, VFP flag confiscated.

Vet arrested, VFP flag confiscated.

“Veterans For Peace is a global organization of Military Veterans and allies whose collective efforts are to build a culture of peace by using our experiences and lifting our voices. We inform the public of the true causes of war and the enormous costs of wars, with an obligation to heal the wounds of wars. Our network is comprised of over 140 chapters worldwide whose work includes: educating the public, advocating for a dismantling of the war economy, providing services that assist veterans and victims of war, and most significantly, working to end all wars.”

VFP at Solidarity SingAlong

VFP at Solidarity SingAlong

To donate to the First Amendment Protection Fund which helps citizens with legal costs associated with citations for exercising Free Speech in the WI Capitol visit:

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