About a dozen anti-war protesters were arrested Tuesday morning during a demonstration outside the United Nations where President George W. Bush gave his address before the General Assembly.
They were among about 400 people opposing the Bush administration's war in Iraq, and the incarceration in Guantanamo Bay of more than 300 men on suspicion of terrorism or links to al-Qaida or the Taliban. Many in the crowd wore orange jumpsuit in solidarity with the Guantanamo detainees.
The arrested demonstrators were taken into custody by police after kneeling on the sidewalk in an act of civil disobedience. One of them, 58-year-old Bill Ofenloch, said they were trying to serve an "arrest warrant" on Bush for "high crimes against humanity."
The crowd was a mix of college students and Vietnam-era anti-war protesters. Members of the anti-war group Code Pink performed a bit of street theater that showed a person wearing a Bush mask being arrested.
"What do we say?" shouted Code Pink's Medea Benjamin. "Arrest the criminal!"
The crowd picked up the chant.