Some protesters battled against police with petrol bombs, bricks and arrows. Police were authorized to used live rounds on students using lethal weapons. Some 600 students have walked off campus, due to ill-health and hypothermia, giving themselves up to police; they face 10 years in prison for protesting.
President Evo Morales has resigned at the urging of country’s military, following weeks of protest over the October election that the opposition claimed was rigged. Morales, the country’s first indigenous ruler who has been in power for nearly 14 years, claims he was the victim of a “coup” and faced arrest.
Blumenthal says a SWAT team arrested him and he was charged with simple assault for his attempt to deliver food to the besieged Venezuelan embassy five months ago. Blumenthal’s arrest appears to be another example of the legal harassment of US government critics that includes WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange.
A Connecticut statute makes it a crime to “ridicule” anyone because of their creed, religion, color, denomination, nationality, or race. A law professor says the statute is “obviously unconstitutional, because … there’s no First Amendment exception for speech that insults based on race or religion.”