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Friday, April 28, 2006



Congress Members Arrested For Darfur Protest


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While government officials argue about the topic of the day, it seems that five fellow Congressmen decided to exercise their voices on a topic that few worldwide seem to care about--Darfur.

(MSNBC) Five Congress members were willingly arrested and led away from the Sudanese Embassy in plastic handcuffs Friday in protest of the Sudanese government’s role in atrocities in the Darfur region.

"The slaughter of the people of Darfur must end," Rep. Tom Lantos, D-Calif., a Holocaust survivor who founded the Congressional Human Rights Caucus, said from the embassy steps before his arrest.


Darfur is one of the major reasons why the United Nations is not ready to assume the helm as an "international government." Their lack of response is infuriating none the least and sadly our congressional leaders seem to have more courage to speak out against this tyranny than the entire international community.



(MSNBC) Four other Democratic Congress members — James McGovern and John Olver of Massachusetts, Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas and Jim Moran of Virginia — were among 11 protesters arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and unlawful assembly, a misdemeanor subject to a fine.

"We must hold the Sudanese government accountable for the attacks they have supported on their own citizens in Darfur," Olver said.

Dozens of demonstrators carried signs, some reading "Stop the slaughter" and "Women of Darfur suffer multiple gang rapes," in front of the embassy Friday morning.


Protesters cheered as the congressmen stood up for human rights, and demanded that the Sudanese government allow international troops to monitor the situation. Although that may be a noble idea, the UN has lost much of its moral voice because of the child rape issues.

It would be more effective if another "coalition of the willing" was formed and the group submitted a letter to Sudan to either end the slaughter or face a quick end themselves.



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