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Police forcibly break up Cindy Sheehan rally


September 19, 2005 03:49PM EDT
Police forcibly break up Cindy Sheehan rally

By Pete Dolack

The New York City Police Department forcibly broke up this afternoon's rally for Cindy Sheehan, moving in as Cindy was speaking at about 3 p.m. in Union Square.

The New York City Police Department forcibly broke up this afternoon's rally for Cindy Sheehan, moving in as Cindy was speaking at about 3 p.m. in Union Square. The rally had been underway for about an hour, and was about to conclude as Cindy spoke following several other speakers, including a few who are traveling with her on her caravan.

As Cindy was speaking, a large platoon of police massed behind from the interior of the park, then formed a circle behind her, the speakers' area and a few dozen people who were deployed in an arc behind her. Overall, about 200 people were in attendance, with the crowd steadily increasing in size as the rally progressed. As the police formed their arc just behind, the men and women immediately behind Cindy linked arms. A captain made a cutting motion at his throat, signalling he wanted no more free speech. He waited about 30 seconds, then the police moved in. They didn't dare arrest Cindy, but they immediately moved in and grabbed zool, the event's organizer and one of the main organizers of Camp Casey-NYC, pulling him away and arresting him. I do not believe anyone else was arrested; at least I didn't see any other arrests. I was nearby, and there was no hesitation on the part of the police in specifically targetting zool.

The police also took the microphone and sound system. The crowd shouted "Shame! Shame!" at the police and asked what they were so afrraid of, but made no response. There was a moderate press presence, even a bit of corporate media there, although the only television crew covering the rally was RTV from Russia.

No warning of any kind was given, and this was a permitted rally. Other than the captain making his cut motion, 30 seconds before forcibly breaking up the rally, there was no warning, verbal or in any other fashion. The police had massed perhaps three or four minutes before moving in. Until then, the rally had gone smoothly, starting just after 2 p.m. as scheduled. Cindy and the rest of the caravan arrived sometime after 2:30; the rest of the rally was comprised of speakers from the caravan. Many groups were in attendence besides Camp Casey-NYC, including Military Families Speak Out, Gold Star Families for Peace, the Troops Out Now Coalition, the No Police State Coalition and the Green Party, among others.

As several people confronted the police in the minutes following the arrest of zool and the stealing of the sound equipment, a woman from the caravan said they had done more than 100 events in 51 cities, and nothing like this had ever happened to them. There is no free speech in Crawford, Texas -- Camp Casey has been under attack there -- and there is no free speech in New York City. The police have attacked Camp Casey-NYC on at least two previous Mondays, have taken the camps's tents, confiscated banners and made arrests. This is merely the latest example of Bloomberg's contempt for opinions that challenge the authorities, particularly Republican Party authorities. And where are our supposed policital leaders? Nothing but silence.

Free zool now!
Defend free speech in New York City!

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I hope the City of New York has lots of money after Cindy sues the crap out of them. This is not a police state or a Communist country. This is America....

Correction! THIS WAS AMERICA!

The erosion continues and the corporate media aids and abets the destruction of the fabric of what was America.

I just wonder what is in store for those of us coming to DC on Saturday. We, the People can stand no more of this without taking action. Saturday is critical. BE THERE!

I'll be there in spirit > TRUTH & PEACE! :o)

Why Richard, you seem to come on this BS site and like to make yourself sound very intellecual with your garbage information and your conspiracy theories but I have a simple question for you.

What was the single greatest expansion of wealth in what "was American" history? I beleive it was during the CLINTON administration (do some research, mid to late 90's)...That is funny, a democrat allowing such wealth and corporate greed to take place???? It just can't be...

That makes me ponder on something else...

If CEO's make too much money, how do you feel about actors/actresses and directors? They easily make as much or more money than corporate CEO's do. If you look at the bottom line you will see this. Why are you not knocking them for their part in the money taking and destruction of the fabric that was america (maybe because they are on your side?)? Example: The CEO of American Express made 22 million last year (cash and stock options). The stock options could be worhtless if he does not grow the business. I could run off a list of dozens of actor/actresses and directors that made much more than he did (in 100% cash) and whose films didn't make nearly as much this man made for his company last year (Oh, and he is an African American CEO.). Why does the media not focus on that???? Can you say hypocrisy?????

I too will be with you in D.C. in spirit...Across the street of course. Peace & Love...

Richie "The Rigth Wing Kook" Rich

Right Winged Kook: You call this a BS site? Why are you here? You seemed to be steeped in BS yourself. This site is about the investigation of lies your asshole leader, Bush has inflicted upon the people of America. Don't forget that. Why aren't you over in Iraq? Get educated. Get out of here and don't come back. You and your neocon croonies are the vermin of the earth. You stink.

I am here to see how the other side thinks. And it is pretty damn funny. You people "think" you have all this credible information yet, NOTHING has been proven to back up your veiws. That is why it is BS. None of you would know how to run a government and none of you offer solutions. It is simply a huge piss party by the left. But I need balanced information, so I read your garbage, research it and come to a conclusion. I read the real right wings sites, research and come to a conclusion. They can be just as whacked out as you people are. I figure this is the best way to get all the information.

It is all about education. Where is the proof in all these "lies" of Bush???? The DSM's are garbage so don't try that crap...

Richie "The Right Wing Kook" Rich

Richie;

You say:"I figure this is the best way to get all the information."

If you think you're getting "all" the information because you go to both left and right wing sites,you're mistaken, you're just accepting without question,a false dichotomy.Actually, all you're getting is two variations of the same side.

That should explain to you why when you go to the right wing sites "They can be just as whacked out as you people are."

The reality is the left and the right are just two warring factions of same same underlying ideology. That being STATISM:

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
One entry found for statism.
Main Entry: stat·ism
Pronunciation: 'stA-"ti-z&m
Function: noun
":concentration of economic controls and planning in the hands of a highly centralized government"

"But I need balanced information so I read your garbage, research it and come to a conclusion.I read the real right wings sites, research and come to a conclusion."

And it's always the same conclusion is'nt it? The statist conclusion,i.e.,whatever the issue may be, the government has to "DO SOMETHING!"

Then the obligatory unseemly food fight between right and left over specifically WHAT the government should do. Both "sides" carefully cooperating with each other to present the conflict as an "ideological" difference.

We libertarians would like to laugh at this ridiculous joke, but instead we must be disturbed by it's pervasive acceptance as unquestionable truth.

In fact,virtually any "issue", were you to examine it at a fundamental enough level,would find it's historical roots in the government involving itself in a matter that is intrinsically outside it's natural purview.

"we hold these truths to be self- evident, that all Men are created equal,that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,that among these are Life,Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness..."

STATISM PREEMPTS THIS CONCEPT.

Richie,if you REALLY want to get a BALANCE of information, try taking all the left-right statism you're getting in one hand,and contrast it with the news sources of the opposing view:

http://www.freemarketnews.com/

http://www.fff.org/whatsNew/index.asp

I promise you, you'll come away with a different perspective;and deeper, more nuanced understanding.

---The Bikemessenger

I have been looking for a response form you to respond to what you sent me some time ago on the whole Katrina issue.

I read both of your sites and found them to be very informative but I still can't agree 100% with the deflection of blame away from the city and state governments to the Federal gov't. I thought this country was formed on the principle that the states were, in essence their own self-regulated governments and the fed was only to butt in when asked. In N.O. Bush was not asked until it was too late. The Mayor and Govenor dropped the ball completely and still refuse to take any real responsibility. I don't agree with that. The levies have been ignored for decades so to blame Bush for this is quite ridiculous. N.O. is the perfect real-life example of the boy that cried wolf. It had NOTHING to do with race or poor people. I just hate how the media tries to politicize EVERYTHING.

The other from the professor was interesting as well. Some of what he said was true but I still have some disagreements but to agree 100% with anyone is a tough task.

How about these about the disaster?

www.intellectualactivist.com/php-bin/news/showArticle.php?id=1026

http://www.opinionjournal.com/extra/?id=110007219

I actually respect your words. You maybe the only person on here that seems not to speak with HATE in their veins. I personally think Bush gets a bad rap on sites like this. I don't agree with 100% of what he says or does but I need proof to make me think differently about situations. This sites doesn't give me that so I, by nature, do not accept what I read. The DSM's themselves are a fraud. All this down with the neocons stuff is funny to me. Neocon = A neoconservative: “The neocons and hard-liners have long felt that no Soviet leader could be trusted

Richie:

I appreciate your reponse. Why don't post your objections to my position at my article on the Katrina disaster at my blog:

http://www.smallgov.org/?p=64 ??

---The Bikemessenger

P.S. One of my blog-mates just posted a great article on abortion; I'm looking forward to commenting on it, this is an source of disagreement as much among libertarians as in general!

These two articles were interesting and informative, thank you.

The first article( www.intellectualactivist.com/php-bin/news/showArticle.php?id=1026)by Robert Tracinski, deals with closely related matters to what Walter Block and I address. I would regard it as concurrent to our position and in no way conflicting.to a significant degree,I think it supports my point about federal involvement.

The second, (http://www.opinionjournal.com/extra/?id=110007219)
by Bob Williams,explains the current structure of responsibility, but does not serve to refute my position on federal involvement,i.e., it may clarify the afixing of blame now, but makes no criticism of the current system which regardless of who must bear responsibility now, I still maintain is fundamentally flawed.

---Thank You,
The Bikemessenger

Richie;

You say:"I figure this is the best way to get all the information."

If you think you're getting "all" the information because you go to both left and right wing sites,you're mistaken, you're just accepting without question,a false dichotomy.Actually, all you're getting is two variations of the same side.

That should explain to you why when you go to the right wing sites "They can be just as whacked out as you people are."

The reality is the left and the right are just two warring factions of same same underlying ideology. That being STATISM:

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
One entry found for statism.
Main Entry: stat·ism
Pronunciation: 'stA-"ti-z&m
Function: noun
":concentration of economic controls and planning in the hands of a highly centralized government"

"But I need balanced information so I read your garbage, research it and come to a conclusion.I read the real right wings sites, research and come to a conclusion."

And it's always the same conclusion is'nt it? The STATIST conclusion,i.e.,whatever the issue may be, the government has to "DO SOMETHING!"

Then the obligatory, unseemly food fight between right and left over specifically WHAT the government should do. Both "sides" carefully cooperating with each other to present the conflict as an "ideological" difference.

We libertarians would like to laugh at this ridiculous joke, but instead we must be disturbed by it's pervasive acceptance as unquestionable truth.

In fact,virtually any "issue", were you to examine it at a fundamental enough level,would find it's historical roots in the government involving itself in a matter that is intrinsically outside it's natural purview.

"we hold these truths to be self- evident, that all Men are created equal,that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,that among these are Life,Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness..."

STATISM PREEMPTS THIS CONCEPT.

Richie,if you REALLY want to get a BALANCE of information, try taking all the left-right statism you're getting in one hand,and contrast it with the news sources of the opposing view:

http://www.freemarketnews.com/

http://www.fff.org/whatsNew/index.asp

I promise you, you'll come away with a different perspective;and deeper, more nuanced understanding.

---The Bikemessenger

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To the Imperial Guards of the Empire State . . . perhaps you didn't get the memo:

Amendment I
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peacebly to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Amendment IV
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

In other words, you had no right to stop that rally and you sure as hell did not have the right to seize the Sound System. In North Carolina, we call that "stealing." I don't care if you are a "badass" with pepperspray, a taser, and a big ol' gun.

"Just Following Orders" is not an acceptable excuse.
"I've got bills to pay" is not either.

Who are you "Protecting and Serving"???

"Well I'm running, police on my back
I've been hiding, police on my back
There was a shooting, police on my back
And the victim well he wont come back"
- Police On My Back by Eddie Grant/The Clash

peace.

Bloomberg's just taking orders from Rove following his performance at the Republican convention complete with nets, arrests and holding people in jail without seeing lawyers. Bloomberg should be defeated, but he's pulled the wool over New York liberals' eyes, so he'll probably be elected to do more damage to our liberties.

The actors didnt hold a gun to your head to make you pay yhe admission to get in.But corporate america does have a spur in you to force you to contribute to the utilities and insurance companys.If you dont think they have a gun on you,just dont pay those thing and see what happens,you fruit cake.Sometimes I wish I had your innocents.A whole lot of you neo-cons dont even know whats going on.You would rather take the word of some one who is plainly lying to you than look for the truth yourself.Boy I hope you wake up someday

I don't go to the movie you idiot. It was an example of the hypocrisy that the left has about corporate america. You were obviously too stupid to figure that out and the rest of your argument shows that. You don't NEED utilities, you could run your house on bio furnaces in the winter and get solar panels to run your ac and lights during the rest of the year. You don't NEED insurance, hospitals are not allowed to NOT treat you. I refuse to comment any further. Again, I show you people REAL PROOF and I am innocent??? Figures...

Richie "The Right Wing Kook" Rich

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