Sunday, August 31, 2008

Twin Cities Police "acting like Nazis" - civil liberties under attack

See Twin Cities Indy Media;

Starhawk on the raids;

Democracy Now (which has several videos from the inside);

More raid coverage (there have apparently been a number of raids).

Although the police are spinning these raids as infiltrations of dangerous criminals who had dangerous materials (home-made pepper spray, for example), they have in fact harassed and arrested citizens dedicated to peaceful protest (and as Starhawk points out, the "home-made pepper spray" was, in fact, soup that included onions and chili powder). Over the last week, several photojournalists have been harassed when walking downtown with cameras. This is an embarrassment to the Twin Cities and a serious blow to civil liberties. If you're in the area, please call the mayors to express your dismay and to demand that civil protest be protected:

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman
(651) 266-8510

Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak
(612) 673-2100
(612) 673-3000 outside Minneapolis

(Thanks to Ravenm for links - and check out her blog for more on this.)

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