Riot Police Obstruct Veterans Protesting at World War II Memorial
Secret Service and police in riot gear arrived to the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. Sunday to monitor veterans demanding that memorials barricaded due to the government shutdown be re-opened.
Though the Obama administration barricaded open-air memorials and even previously threatened to arrest World War II veterans on "Honor Flights" to see their memorial, they allowed pro-amnesty demonstrators, including many illegal immigrants, to use the National Mall, which was supposed to be closed due to the shutdown, for a rally in support of comprehensive immigration reform. Democrats in Congress—like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi—were allowed to ride to the event in golf carts, as Breitbart News reported.
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who addressed the veterans along with Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) at the "Million Vet March," said that during what she said should be referred to as the "government slim-down," President Obama was showing not only his real priorities but a "shameful" "lack of valor" and "lack of respect."
One attendee at the rally, LaDonna Hale Curzon from Virgina, wrote that even before Palin arrived at the rally she headlined, "both D.C. Metro and Park police attempted to shut down the event." She wrote that "two police cruisers blocked entrance into the WWII memorial, in an effort to stop truckers from arriving from the highway" and "four marked Secret Service vehicles arrived on the scene, joining dozens of law enforcements, who had already arrived, including a SWAT team dressed in full riot gear."
"Police blocked the road leading up to the WWII memorial from both directions," she wrote. "What a nice way to spend my Sunday morning and to see how our veterans are treated at their own memorial. Last week, the Obama administration opened the mall for immigration activist protest yet blocked WWII vets in wheelchairs to see the WWII memorial. What is happening to our country?!"
Police and veterans also clashed when veterans took barricades to the White House in protest.