Activists hold silent protest at United Nations
Activists, including members of BYP100, stood in silent protest as the United Stated defended its record before a UN anti-torture watchdog.
On the second and final day of the UN Committee Against Torture’s review of the U.S., the young protesters flaunted UN protocol and stood up as America’s delegation talked about abuse by police in the country.
Around 10 youths with the Chicago-based group We Charge Genocide (WCG) wearing matching T-shirts and brandishing pictures of Dominique Franklin – a 23-year-old who died in June after police used a taser on him while he was handcuffed – rose silently, their fists held in the air.
Soon members representing other non-governmental groups in the room joined WCG, forcing the delegation to continue their responses to questions from the committee with a view of fists in the air throughout the room.
Kudos to these young black organizers for taking a stand against injustice!
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