War Protestor Ends Up Behind Bars - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/11/03

War Protestor Ends Up Behind Bars

"I think war has finally come to the point where it's outdated," said anti-war activist Elsa Sabath.

On Tuesday she occupied the halls of the federal court building in an act of civil disobedience. "I believe the time has come for me to join with those Americans who are able and feel it is necessary to object to this war by non-violent civil disobedience," she said.

Convinced the President is ignoring protestors, Sabath says waging war on Iraq is provocative not preventative. "We invite retaliation from terrorists for decades deep into this century," she said.

"Where's she parked at?," asked a police officer. Authorities tried to persuade Sabath to simply be escorted off the property, not arrested. But Sabath politely refused, choosing instead to sing 'America the Beautiful,' as police arrived with handcuffs.

"Am I under arrest?," she asked.

"Yes, mam, you are under arrest," said a police officer.

Although planned, getting arrested was still traumatic. Sabath shedding a tear in the back of a police cruiser. Giving up her own freedom to make a statement of peace.

"That's how much we care, that's all I can give," she said.

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