At least 18 people, including author Cornel West, were arrested in Ferguson, Missouri on Monday as activists continued to protest police brutality more than two months after a local officer fatally shot an unarmed teen.
West — a renowned academic and former Harvard professor — was among a group of protesters engaged in an organized act of civil disobedience Monday afternoon outside of the Ferguson Police Department. MSNBC reported that at least 18 individuals, including West and prominent faith leaders, were arrested from a group of roughly 130 that had assembled outside of the station.
"It’s a beautiful thing to see people on fire for justice, but I didn’t come here to give a speech,” he said at a #FergusonOctober event Sunday. “I came here to go to jail.”
2013’s protests and demonstrations
From the streets of Sao Paulo, Brazil, the capital of the Ukraine and Egypt following the furor over the removal of former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, the demand to be heard, and unrest over political injustices was far from quiet over the past year.
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