S-T caption: Three people were apprehended this afternoon by police after pouring paint on an Army recruiting station near the University of Minnesota during an antiwar demonstration.
Several protesters who were part of a larger group of antiwar demonstrators at the University of Minnesota splased red paint on a military recruiting station this afternoon. Three people involved in the act were apprehended by campus police.
The incident at SE. Oak Street and Washington Avenue came about an hour after a rally at Northrop Plaza, where 250 to 300 gathered and then headed to the Army and Navy recruiting station.
Some of the protesters, wearing all black and with their faces covered, threw red paint onto the station’s windows, pounded the glass and scribbled messages including a peace sign over a U.S. flag sticker.
Police took at least three people into custody, said Army Capt. Val Bernat.
“They’re exercising their rights. We knew they were coming,” Bernat said, adding that campus police had alerted them days earlier. “However, we don’t appreciate the vandalism.”
As Army workers began cleaning up, a group of University of Minnesota students pitched in.
“They disgraced our country and our military,” Ole Hovde, 19, a freshman, said while wiping down the windows.
This is not “freedom of speech.” This is vandalism. It is a crime. The punks responsible for destroying property and trying to intimidate our volunteer military and potential recruits need to be punished to the fullest extent of the law.
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