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December, 2005

 

Lone Protester Arrested During Prince's Visit
By Matthew Bradley

It appears that the Institute for Public Accuracy's Executive Director, syndicated media critic and book author, Norman Solomon, was arrested during the visit of the British Royals to Point Reyes, north of San Francisco in California.
According to Marin County sheriff's Sgt. Ken Canziani, Norman Solomon was holding a sign in an area of the market that was reserved for spectators with security clearance from the US State Department.
Solomon said he was standing alone, holding a green sign that read "War is Not Organic,'' and was passing out fliers with a message about the British government's involvement in the Iraq war when he was cited. Solomon is a self-described writer who has written about the Iraq war.
Canziani said Solomon was asked to move several times around 10:15 a.m. and "went limp'' when authorities tried to escort him away from the area.
Solomon was cited for "obstructing, delaying or resisting arrest'' and released after the royal couple finished their tour of the market, Canziani reported.
I find charges of resisting arrest very curious when they are unaccompanied by charges that indicate for what legal reason the police were attempting the arrest in the first place. Allegedly Solomon was breaking the rules regarding a security zone that was setup for State Department approved spectators, but if charges regarding that could stick, you'd think they'd bring them if there was any credibility to his being a threat or to the nature of this security zone in the first place.
I know Norman Solomon a little bit, he was once my boss, and he can be accurately broadly described as a very peaceful guy. Not like all Quakers are Saints (and I don't believe anyone is), but that he was raised a Quaker says something about him.
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