Other protesters, acting in solidarity with the arrestees, followed the arresting officers onto Main Street shouting, "This is what democracy looks like!" and "Police State!" as the flag burners were hauled into squad cars.
Many of those remaining were shaken and angered by the unreasonable arrest. A group of protesters continued the action, placing simulated tombstones of Iraqi civilians, flower petals and a sign bearing the Howard Zinn quote, "THERE IS NO FLAG LARGE ENOUGH TO COVER THE SHAME OF KILLING INNOCENT PEOPLE" onto the ashes of the burned flag.
Later, APD officer Bon Stewart began dismantling the makeshift memorial. A few women asked him what he was doing and stated that they wished to keep the tombstone signs. Stewart stated that he needed to photograph evidence and shoved one of the women as she stooped to pick up her sign.
Peace activist Paul Copeland stated that the Ashland police made a serious misstep and that "This is an excellent opportunity for public education."
And two of our teachers are in jail!
Jail Support Update
saturday 6:00 pm
The two individuals arrested in Ashland are being detained in Jackson County jail. Charged with Disorderly Conduct and Reckless Burning, they are being held on $7000 bail.
An arraignment is scheduled for Monday, April 14 at 1:30 pm at the Justice Building on the corner of 8th and Oakdale in Medford.
'John Doe' is refusing to to give his name, and is being denied access to a phone call. Both inmates are being denied access to vegetarian food. The guards have separated them into different cells.
Call the Jackson County jail at 541-776-7208 to request that these simple requests are met.
Let the system know that people on the outside care about people on the inside.