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  •  I'm in Wyoming so.... (2+ / 0-)
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    peraspera, nonnie9999

    Out here, things are pretty laid back. I went to DC last September for the big demonstration and only remember seeing a few cops, many of whom seemed to be quietly supporting us. But the CAFTA protests were really bad, from what I've read, and I think whoever said that if this happened today, most of the mainstream press would say "they should have shot them all" is just about right. I'll bet there's been a lot of violence going on against protesters that isn't being reported.

    We need not stride resolutely towards catastrophe, merely because those are the marching orders. -- Noam Chomsky

    by kainah on Wed May 24, 2006 at 08:30:28 PM PDT

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    •  Yeah (2+ / 0-)
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      I hope you see this message Kainah.  Sorry it took me a while to get back to you.

      There was some terrible violence going on at the CAFTA protests.  Now, I'm a person who will tell the truth about things.  If the protesters in any way provoke the violence against them, even slightly, I would let people know.  My progressive friends often get mad at me because I'll take the side of the "wrong" people when they are right or speaking the truth.

      The fact is, the police did several things that were not only unwarranted, but downright brutal and illegal.  One of my friends was tazered because someone she knew had a broken arm, and the police were twisting his arm around his back (not to cuff him, just to hurt him) and she was screaming.  She didn't in any way touch or threaten any officer, but was screaming at them to stop and trying to tell them that his arm was already broken (which they obviously knew since he had a sling on it).  We have the whole thing on tape.  Seeing a person get tazered is one of the most horrifying things one can witness.  The convulsions, the clenched teeth...It was terrible.  

      Another one of my friends got tazered because she had a video camera and was filming some of the things that were going on.  Most of the protesters were shot with pepper balls and rubber bullets, all for protesting peacefully.  At one point, about 50 people were protesting in a parking lot that was not allocated to us for protesting grounds.  The police announced on a bullhorn that they were protesting in an illegal area and that they had to disperse in 1 1/2 minutes.  Everyone started leaving peacefully at that moment, but a half circle of police started moving in the second the announcement was made and trapped about 20 of them so they could not leave.  When the time limit ran out, they were backed against the wall of a building with no way out, and the police began arresting every one of them.  They trapped them and then justified their arrest by saying that they did not disperse, even though they had no way of doing so.  This was apparently on tape as well, but they confiscated the camera and destroyed it.  

      There were some reporters who's equipment was confiscated as well.  Those who filmed things that would be detrimental to the police had their cameras taken away, whether they were journalists or protesters.  

      The media painted the whole thing as the fault of the protesters.  They claimed most of the protesters on that day were anarchists who were destroying things.  Any protest has that very small element, but I didn't see a single one of them, I only heard about a few windows broken by some kids dressed in black.  But the media didn't report any of the police brutality, and the stuff they accidentally caught live on film was blamed on the supposedly huge amount of anarchists.  

      Many protests are now be controlled via the "Miami Model."  I mistakenly called it the "Philadelphia Model" in my last post because the person who directed the police force with such brutality that day was John Timoney, the former Police Commissioner of Philadelphia.  He also coordinated the infamous tactics used by the police at the 2000 Republican Convention in Philadelphia.  His methods are now called the Miami Model becaused of what occurred at the CAFTA protests, during which he was Police Chief of Miami (he may still be, I don't know.  He was brought in by the mayor to "clean up the department").  

      If you don't know much about the Miami Model, I urge you to find out more.  Here are a couple of good links:

      The scary thing about all this was that there were both undercover police all over the place dressed to look like protesters, as well as "embedded journalists" dressed in Miami Police Department clothes to write kind reports about the police and the way they handled the protests.  They tried as hard as was possible to make sure the truth did not get out and, in terms of what was reported by the MSM, it never did.  

      Good luck to you in both life and future protests!


      •  thanks for the links, Ben (1+ / 0-)
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        What you're reporting sounds like what I had heard before. DemocracyNow! had some excellent reports on the CAFTA protests. And I'd heard of the Miami Model but don't know that much so I appreciate the links. I will educate myself.

        We need not stride resolutely towards catastrophe, merely because those are the marching orders. -- Noam Chomsky

        by kainah on Thu May 25, 2006 at 04:46:02 PM PDT

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