GENEVA (AFP) – Activists stood in silent protest as the United States on Thursday defended its record before a UN anti-torture watchdog, raising their fists and displaying pictures of victims of police brutality. On the second and final day of the UN Committee Against Torture’s review of the United States, a group of young protesters flaunted UN protocol and stood up as the US delegation began discussing the issue of abuse by police.
Around 10 youths with the Chicago-based group We Charge Genocide (WCG) wearing matching T-shirts and brandishing pictures of Dominique Franklin – a 23-year-old who died in June after police used a taser on him while he was handcuffed – rose silently, their fists held in the air. Soon members of other non-governmental organisations in the room followed suit, forcing the delegation of some 30 high-level US officials to continue their responses to committee questions with a sprinkling of fists throughout the room.
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