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Demonstrators get detained and cited for "jaywalking" after biotech rally

by rtf Tuesday, Jun. 26, 2001 at 4:37 AM


As a group of demonstrators left the protest area in front of the Convention Center, they were being followed by police officers in vans, squad cars, and even 'undercovers' who were taking pictures. About 14 demonstrators in whole left the area together and were walking back with legal observers to Balboa Park. It had been about 8-13 minutes until two police officers drove their motorcycles on the side walk towards us and cut off our path. Then all of the sudden we were surrounded by another 25 police officers. They said we were being "detained", and all of us were going to be cited for "walking against a red light." (jaywalking). This was an obvious attempt to intimidate us because the so called "jaywalking violation" was completely bogus. They claimed one of their officers "whiteness" this "unlawful" act, however they couldn't tell us the name of the officer, nor where he could be found. They said that everyone had to give their name, or they would be arrested. One demonstrator refused to give his name and was put into handcuffs and put into the back of a police car. About 10 minutes he taken out of handcuffs and was given a citation. As if being completely surrounded, intimidated and detained by 25 police officers on a public sidewalk wasn't enough, they even decided to take more pictures of us. Completely disregarding our right to privacy, one police officer literally put his camera directly into peoples faces. When several legal observers politely asked that he stop video taping, he replied, "This is a public sidewalk." So here we were, surrounded by aprox 25 police officers with squad cars and motorcycles on a side walk, being detained and cited for something we didn't even do... Just earlier, as two other activists attempted to leave the rally outside of the Convention Center, they were ambushed by two undercover police officers who threw them into a police van and quickly drove off.

But this was only half of it. Police officers began harassing one of the anarchist demonstrators no later than a few minutes after he arrived at the Balboa Park. Around 8 officers approached him and told him they were going to search his backpack to make sure he "had no weapons". He asked why and they responded, "Because your backpack looks a little extra bulky". He then refused the search due to the fact that the there was probable cause. Previously they had harassed him in the parking lot about carrying an inverted american flag on a THIN metal pole. During the march, Blackbloc was also being followed by 2 undercover officers as well as the "Guardian Angles" (right-wing fascist group that works in conjunction with the SDPD). When talking to one of his "sidekicks" during the march, one of the "Guardian Angles" stated that if anyone crosses over the "police line," then they "let's beat the shit out of them." Police officers also tried to dress up as black bloc members in order to infiltrate the legal rally. It is suspected that the cops' intention was to incite violence: Eyewitness sources have reported that it was the police who started the violence last week at demonstrations in Sweden and last year in Prague. These witnesses saw the suspected police smash windows and then later associate fraternally with uniformed police.

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by rtf Tuesday, Jun. 26, 2001 at 4:42 AM

sorry for the typo's no sleep in 30 hours , hard to write ...

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What are they afraid of

by Ramon Tuesday, Jun. 26, 2001 at 5:45 AM

Yo! - What are these police afraid of? Clearly there is a world wide movement against capitalist globalization. It is really fucking great to see so many people from all walks of life stepping forward to take on another front - of this profit driven blood sucking capitalist system, which is seeking to chew up the masses of people, the enviornement, farmers, children, etc. all in the name of profit. Clearly when ever they say it will make things better, i.e. GMO's - it is only speaking for the class they represent - such vampires as Monsantos. As the Draft Programme of the RCP says "They are not fit to be caretakers of the earth."

We, a crew from LA came out to this protest - and we were really digging on learning alot about the Biodiversity movement. We are revolutionary communists - down with the RCP and the RCYB. We were talking with people about the New Draft Programme of the RCP. Our contribution to the debate and struggle over the direction of the movement and more A battle plan for revolution - a programme which speaks to what it going to take to end this maddog system and what kind of world we want to replace it with. We had a great time.

Upon leaving we walked back to our cars. When we got about five feet from our car, the police who had been following us the whole time, a gang of thirty or so, converged and surrounded us. They snatched up two sister organizers on some bogus charges, Xochitl and Kya. They charged Xochitl with resisting and interfearing with a five thousand dollars bail. They charged Kya with possession of a deadly weapon - (sticks for holding up a banner). We know we don't have to convince anyone of the ridiculous nature of the pigs and their bogus charges. But we will call out their cowardice - trying to recoup from the battle they clearly lost today and this whole weekend. Cause it was the peoples streets. They were pretty rough with the sisters and we are working to get them out now. We found out they sent a male pig to do a body search on sister Kya!!!! Including grabbing her breast and other vile bullshit. We are asking people to call the police at 619-531-2000 and 619-258-3176 demanding that they release all people arrested this weekend. And that they keep their fucking hands off the people that are protesting. We have right and justice on our side - and they have no right to harrass us. Clearly these are genentically modified pigs they were trying to sick on the people! They took the old pigs - fed them to the new pigs - and now they have mad pig!!!!!!! Thanks for all the rich discussion and lets keep up the struggle - ain't no power like the power of the people cause the power of the people don't stop!

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