Nine more protesters involved in Monday nitht's demonstrations near the White House were released from jail yesterday. They included Robert Avakian, the national spokesman for the Revolutionary Communist Party, which organized the protest.
Avakian was arrested with 70 other protesters Monday night and charged on Tuesday with assault on a police officer. All of the protesters were held on a $10,000 bond, although most were released Wednesday on their promise to return to court for trial next week.
Avakian remained in jail until yesterday, when $5,000 in cash and $5,000 in collateral were posted with a bail bondsman for his release.
Ten other protesters remained in jail last night either because they could not pay their reduced bonds or because their case did not come to court yesterday.
Superior Court Judge Joseph Michael Hannon warned several of the protesters he released that he will put them back in jail if they are caught engaging in other violent protests against Chinese Vice Premier Teng Hsiao-ping before he leaves the United States. Teng left Washington yesterday to visit Atlanta.
In arraignment of the protesters Wednesday, Avakian was the only person identified in the government's affidavit outlining charges in the case. Defense attorneys for the protesters requested a list of specific charges against each person, but the U.S. attorney's office never made a commitment to provide individual charges.