News in Brief

On 28 December, a 50-strong nonviolent witness was held at the Pentagon in Washington DC, USA, to mark the Christian feast of the Massacre of the Holy Innocents. Marchers were directed by police into a fenced-off, designated, ‘protest area’.

Seven people did not comply, staying on the building side of the pavement, holding banners and placards saying: ‘Wage Peace – Practice Nonviolence’ and ‘The US bombing of a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Afghanistan is a war crime – US out of Afghanistan now!’

The seven were arrested, charged at the Pentagon police centre with ‘violation of a lawful order’, and released to appear in court on 4 February.