Hedy Epstein, a 90-year-old Holocaust survivor, was one of eight protesters arrested last night during a demonstration demanding that Missouri Governor Jay Nixon withdraw National Guard troops from the city of Ferguson.
The rally was organised by Organization for Black Struggle after unarmed black teenager Michael Brown was shot dead by a police officer. The event was advertised on Facebook with this description:
According to a report by The Nation, Epstein was one of 125 protesters who marched to the entrance of Governor Nixon's office chanting, "Hey hey! Ho ho! National Guard has got to go!"
St. Louis police confirmed that she was one of those arrested for "failure to disperse."
Epstein told The Nation: “I’ve been doing this since I was a teenager. I didn’t think I would have to do it when I was 90. We need to stand up today so that people won’t have to do this when they’re 90.”
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Rossalyn Warren is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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