Wikinews Shorts: April 27, 2009
A compilation of brief news reports for Monday, April 27, 2009.
Five U.S. lawmakers detained after protesting outside Sudanese embassy
Police arrested five members of the United States House of Representatives Monday after they refused to leave the site of the Embassy of Sudan in Washington, DC. The lawmakers were at the embassy to protest against the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Darfur.
According to organisers, the lawmakers, among them Democratic representatives John Lewis and James McGovern, were arrested on charges of civil disobedience after they ignored an order by police to disperse.
- AFP. "5 US lawmakers arrested in Darfur protest" — , April 27, 2009
- Foon Rhee. "McGovern, other lawmakers arrested at Darfur protest" — , April 27, 2009
United States Ku Klux Klan figure and Republican Party politician David Duke of Louisiana was arrested and later released, on the condition that he leave the country, by Czech Republic officials in the Czech capital of Prague over the weekend. The reason given was that Duke holds that the Holocaust never occurred, which is illegal in several countries, including the Czech Republic.
Duke, age 59, was hosted in Prague by Filip Vávra to promote his book My Awakening, and had been scheduled to give a lecture at Charles University, which the University had cancelled prior to his arrest.
- Associated Press. Former KKK leader ordered to leave Czech Republic. Kansas City Star, April 25, 2009
- Czech police arrest former Ku Klux Klan leader Duke. České noviny, April 24, 2009 .