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90-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor Arrested in Ferguson Protest

Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 10:59 AM

By Drew MacKenzie


A 90-year-old Holocaust survivor was arrested during a demonstration against Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon's decision to bring in the National Guard to handle the riots in Ferguson.

Hedy Epstein was handcuffed along with seven other people Monday for "failing to disperse" while protesting with the Organization for Black Struggle in downtown St. Louis, according to KMOV TV news.

The protesters were chanting "National Guard has got to go" as they marched downtown to a building where Nixon has an office, and where they then staged a sit-in.

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"I've been doing this since I was a teenager. I didn't think I would have to do it when I was 90," Epstein told The Nation during her arrest. "We need to stand up today so that people won't have to do this when they're 90."

Epstein, who helped the Allies during the Nuremberg trials of Nazi war criminals following World War II, is an activist and an outspoken supporter of the Free Gaza Movement, The Nation reported.

Nixon called in the National Guard to help with the continuing unrest over the shooting death of unarmed teen Michael Brown, 18, by white police officer Darren Wilson.

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