SUPPORT ARRESTED DEMONSTRATORS
For weeks leading up to and during the week of
BioJustice, San Diego took on a heavy, militarized
police presence. The BIO conference has now left San
Diego, but activists are still feeling the heat of this
intimidation. The BioJustice Legal Support Team needs
your help in supporting those arrested during Biojustice,
and in holding the city and police accountable for their
actions through the Biojustice gathering.
There were approximately 20 people arrested through
the days of action. Many of them stayed in jail
several days until their arraignments. Some of their
charges were dismissed, some pled guilty so they wouldn't
have to stay in jail or stay in town for a trial.
There are 8 people who bailed out of jail and their
arraignments were set for the week of July 16th. Their
charges range from "possession of lumber" to "malicious
mischief" to "misdemeanor vandalism." All of these people
are victims of the large unnecessary police build-up.
They are the city's justification for spending nearly
five million dollars in preparation for the Biojustice
activities. These people could have been any one of us.
They were harassed and arrested for looking like
Now that the demonstrations are over, these people
are isolated and vulnerable, and facing stiff penalties
for their overwhelmingly bogus charges. As a group that
came together once to struggle for the same ideals, we
need to come together again to keep these people safe. In
solidarity we can send a message that free speech is not
a crime, in San Diego or anywhere else.
Please help us to support our friends in these ways:
1. Come to the Support Rally on July 16th at 7:00pm
in front of the court house. It is on the corner of Union
and Broadway in downtown San Diego. 220 Broadway.
2. Call the City Attorney's office (619.533.5500)
and ask/demand that the "biotech demonstrators'" charges
be dismissed. Ask for the Criminal Defense Department.
They will give you the run around-- they may say that
your complaint has no effect on their decision... but if
enough people call, it will put pressure on them to drop
Please call the BioJustice Legal Support office if
you have any questions. We are also compiling a report
about the police harassment and intimidation during the
biojustice actions, so if you have any information at all
that may be useful (i.e. Were you detained? Were you
followed? Were you intimidated AT ALL by the police
presence? Do you know anyone who was harassed whom we
should talk with?) please give us a call.
Biojustice Legal Support