Indian-American activist Arun Gandhi is devoted to teaching his grandfather’s philosophy of nonviolence, whether he’s talking about conflicts in the Middle East or protests in the St. Louis area.
Nonviolence “is the only thing that is going to save this world, if it is going to be saved at all,” Gandhi said. His grandfather, Mahatma Gandhi, led nonviolent civil disobedience protests and inspired civil rights movements around the world.
Dozens were arrested Wednesday afternoon during an attempted act of civil disobedience in north St. Louis County. Prior to the demonstration, protest organizers said they wanted a special prosecutor appointed for the county’s investigation into the death of Michael Brown. The goal was to shut down Interstate 70 at Hanley Road, but a strong police presence prevented demonstrators from reaching their goal.