VIDEO: Tufts Students Simulate Waterboarding to Protest Karl Rove Visit

A Tufts University junior was tied to a table with a towel on her face while another student poured water on her head.

Credit: Chris Orchard
Credit: Chris Orchard

Tufts University students conducted a symbolic waterboarding Wednesday evening to protest a visit on campus by former George W. Bush advisor Karl Rove.

Rove spoke on campus for a lecture cosponsored by Tufts Republicans and the national Young America's Foundation. The talk was part of Young America's Foundation's Wendy P. McCaw Lecture Series.

Outside the Cohen Auditorium, where the lecture took place, about 25 students held up signs, wore masks and chanted in protest, arguing Rove was complicit in what they considered torture because he was a leading member of the Bush administration, which used waterboarding and other so-called enhanced interrogation techniques on suspected terrorists.

The lecture took place at 6 p.m. and was open only to members of the Tufts community.

According to an announcement on TuftsLife.com and the Facebook event page for the lecture, cameras were not allowed into the lecture.

Leslie Gildart April 26, 2012 at 12:14 PM
Too bad there wasn't more advance notice. There would have been a lot more protesters.
617 April 26, 2012 at 03:40 PM
With the use of social media and with all of the activism going on in the Boston area is odd that I found out about this yesterday morning on a local talk radio station. Did the Tufts kids try to get the word out?
N8 April 26, 2012 at 04:31 PM
I apologize that we didn't get the word out more; Rove's talk was announced very recently, so we didn't have much time to prepare. Glad to hear the support though! -An organizer from Tufts
julie katz April 28, 2012 at 04:02 PM
I applaud the courageous actions of the Tufts activists. However modest the crowd, and quite apart from the presumed indifference of one of the modern era's most notoriously amoral political strategists, it is critically important for good people to publically condemn those who have used their power to dehumanize others. We must not forget, and we do not forgive.


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