Seriously. There was some weird stuff going on this year.
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A 32-year peace vigil threatened in front of the White House
Concepcion Picciotto, a tiny 77-year-old woman and adamant anti-nuclear and pro-peace activist, has demonstrated in front of the White House since 1981, outlasting the Cold War that prompted signs like “Ban all nuclear weapons or have a nice doomsday.”
So why did police finally take down her encampment after so many years of protest?
“While a 24-hour vigil site generally does not require a permit, it must be continuously attended,” the Park Service said in a statement. “With no one attending the site, the officer collected the materials and placed them in a U.S. Park Police storage facility for safe keeping until they could be retrieved by the owner.”
The man was a combat veteran who stepped away because he was having an episode of post-traumatic stress, said Feriha Kaya, who helps coordinate the volunteer shifts through a group called the Peace House DC.
After several complaints, including a demand from D.C. Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, police agreed to return Picciotto’s belongings, and she has returned to the spot that suits her best: Right front and center before Washington’s seat of power.
Photo: Charles Dharapak / Associated Press
Government crackdown prompts bloodshed in Egypt
Security forces have moved in on two sit-ins organized in support of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, razing their camps and firing on demonstrators in a shocking display of force.
Conflicting reports of casualty figures ranged from 40 to more than 300, according to local media reports and the Muslim Brotherhood, respectively.
The death toll was expected to climb as the sit-ins turned from scenes of flag-waving protests to images reminiscent of war. The wounded and the dead were carried to a makeshift field hospital next to the Rabaa mosque, where doctors donned gas masks and floors were slippery with blood.
Protesters and police clashed near Cairo University and Rabaa, with security officials setting camps ablaze while snipers watched from above. A state of emergency has been declared in all Egyptian cities, as Morsi supporters try to recover their mounting casualties.
Photos: Mosaab El-Shamy / EPA, Aly Hazzaa, Ahmed Abd El Latif / Associated Press
Outrage, protests over the George Zimmerman ruling
Largely peaceful protests were sparked across the country Sunday by the news that a Florida jury had ruled Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of Trayvon Martin Saturday night. Protesters in Los Angeles partially shut down southbound 10 Freeway near Crenshaw for a short time before being dispersed by police.
Even President Obama weighed in, calling for calm and reflection following the decision.
Amid all of the tension and emotion surrounding the trial, the prosecution may have doomed itself from the beginning:
Prosecutors could not prove Zimmerman was driven by “ill will or hatred” — the necessary elements of a murder case — when he got out of his vehicle on a rainy night and went after the teenager.
In the confrontation that followed, they also could not prove Zimmerman struck the first blow. If the teenager turned in fear to attack the stranger who was pursuing him, Zimmerman could claim he acted in self-defense. If the jurors were in doubt as to who struck first, they were obliged to hand down an acquittal.
But the ruling may not be the end of Zimmerman’s days in court, as the Justice Department has confirmed it is still looking into the case.
Read more on the latest developments on Nation Now.
Photos: Joshua Trujillo, Ringo H.W. Chiu / Associated Press, Robyn Beck, Mario Tama / AFP/Getty Images
Los Angeles circa 1946: Scenes from strikes past
A U.S. Motors plant on E. Slauson Ave. played host to a clash between strikers and police way back in January 1946.
From the Times’ front-page story on the strikes:
In a wild melee of trailing fists, the boom of exploding tear-gas and the clang of steel helmets, police yesterday broke up a riot by 500 striking C.I.O. electrical workers at the U.S. Motors plant, 200 E. Slauson Ave., and arrested 25 persons on charges of rioting.
The strike, which lasted for 124 days, was eventually quelled when workers were given an 18-cent-per-hour raise.
Read more on the strikes over at Framework.
Photos: Paul Calvert / Los Angeles Times
On this day, 24 years ago, the Los Angeles Times published a story about a rally in Koreatown. Around 700 Korean Americans gathered to support South Korean students, who were demonstrating for democratic reforms in their country.
The original photo was published June 22, 1987, with the caption:
Crowd holds signs in Korean and English at Los Angeles rally to press for democracy in South Korea and support student protesters.
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