Monday, September 24, 2007

Gold Star father allegedly beaten by "Gathering of Eagles" activists

This is an incredibly shocking story. If it is true, then it marks a distinct escalation in the tactics employed by pro-war demonstrators.

Carlos Arredondo is a Gold Star father. For those of you who are unfamiliar with that term, a Gold Star parent is a parent whose child has given their life in the service of the United States.

On September 15, 2007, Arredondo was participating in an anti-war demonstration in Washington D.C. Arredondo was pulling a monument to his son: a coffin decorated with several pictures of his son Alex, killed in Iraq on August 25, 2004.

As he participated in the anti-war march, Arredondo passed a group of "Gathering of Eagles" activists participating in a counter-protest. Several of the "Eagles" began following Carlos Arredondo, taunting him and yelling epithets. One of the "Eagles" allegedly stepped forward and tore one of the pictures of Alex Arredondo from the coffin. When Carlos Arredondo tried to retrieve the stolen photo of his son, he was attacked--allegedly--by five of the "Gathering of Eagles" protesters. Arredondo sustained bloody cuts on his legs and bruises all over his torso and head where he was kicked--allegedly, by his attackers.

You can view photos of the alleged attack here. Of course, this isn't the first pro-war violence we've heard of here in Virginia, there was this alleged incident back in July.

H/T: Crooks and Liars and After Downing Street.

1 comment:

B said...

Wish we could get these pictures out enough to find out who these guys are. Who they work for.