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STATE REPRESSION: Boston-Area Community Organizer Faces Jailtime
25 Jan 2003
Camilo ViveirosCamilo Viveiros, a tenant organizer in southeastern Mass., was arrested along with over 400 other protesters in Philadelphia in August 2000 during the Republican National Convention. People had come to demonstrate against police brutality, the increase in construction of jails rather than schools, in favor of affordable housing, healthcare and immigrants rights and many other issues. They were faced, however, with repression, surveillance and brutality by the police in one of the largest violations of First Amendment rights since the Vietnam War. Of the 400+ arrested, 95% have had their cases either dismissed for lack of evidence or have been acquitted. Camilo, whose trial is set for February 18, still faces severe charges.
[ full story | update--trial delayed ]
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