AUDIOSLAVE's TOM MORELLO Arrested At Hotel-Worker Protest

September 29, 2006

According to, Tom Morello was among approximately 400 protesters arrested early Thursday evening (September 28) during a march to raise awareness for immigrant hotel workers' rights.

The AUDIOSLAVE guitarist, who performed under his NIGHTWATCHMAN alias at a rally before the march, was charged with unlawful assembly for refusing to move from Century Boulevard, the main entry road to Los Angeles International Airport.

"In these political dark ages, it's important for us to stand up for one another," Morello told MTV News before the march. "These hotel workers by the airport make 20 percent less wages than hotel workers around the rest of Los Angeles. We're here to express our solidarity with them, to help them unionize and to help them close the gap between their sub-poverty wages and the millions and millions of dollars the people who own these hotels make."

Thursday's march, which Morello and organizers called "the largest act of civil disobedience in the history of the Los Angeles," was a well-orchestrated affair from both sides. In fact, Morello and the other arrestees actually planned to be arrested and even gave the Los Angeles Police Department their driver's license numbers days before the event to expedite processing.


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