Five Arrested at Hunter College War Protest

Oct 18, 2005 3:37 pm US/Eastern(1010 WINS) (NEW YORK)

Five young men wearing hoods and orange jumpsuits were arrested at Hunter College on Tuesday in a protest of conditions at the Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay detention camps.

Shouting "They're raping me! They're torturing me! Please do something! Don't just go to class," the five knelt on the floor with leashes around their necks, evoking photos of prisoners at the Abu Ghraib camp in Iraq, before being handcuffed and dragged away by campus police.

The protest in a third-floor student commons area of the Manhattan campus was part of an effort to drum up support for a nationwide day of protest against the war in Iraq on Nov. 2."If there isn't a movement that's resisting these outrages, this is not going to change," said Ati Lagos, an organizer of the protest, who said she was with an organization called The World Can't Wait.

Louis Mader, director of the public safety for Hunter, part of the City University of New York system, said the demonstrators would be given desk appearance tickets and released."This space is by permit only," he said. "These individuals had no permit."

Some students who watched the guerrilla theater unfold were supportive while others were puzzled."I think it's great that they're doing this," said freshman Eileen Woie. "People need to know."But sophomore Jason Balroop said, "It's a distraction. We all have class. I have to take a test right now."

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