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Smothered but not extinguished! (english)
28 Feb 2003
I was brutalized and arrested at the protest in Medford. Here's my story.
In trying to pull some good out of the experience you’re about to read (being arrested), I was pretty hard pressed. I realize now that does this story get across to a good number of people, it may help the cause.

I was brutalized and arrested yesterday.
Mr. “no new taxes”, el jefé shrub, or better known as Poppy Bush, blessed the Commonwealth with his presence in a speech at Tufts, Wednesday afternoon.
“Not without a fight you don’t,” said around three hundred protestors who showed up to give ol’ Georgie the ol’ middle finger. “Hey Bush we know you, you’re kiddy is a killer too,” was the tune, “let’s pee on the Bushes,” was the attitude.
In his speech, Bush made some valid points, “We need to make clear the new world order is not some code for American imperialism.” Hmmm? Last time I checked Webster’s dictionary, imperialism was defined as: the extension by one country of its authority over other lands by political, military and economic means. Correct me if I’m wrong, but this sums up U.S. foreign policy rather exactly. And yes Mr. Bush, American foreign policy is the new world order.
As our ex-president dished out his hot load of excrement on the crowd of 4,800, junior’s imperial storm troopers were sicked on the protesters outside. The police report read,

“The crowd started to chant, ‘there’s more of us than there are of them…1,2,3 go!’ and the crowd surged forward. A number of people were able to breach the line, and as is part of our training, some people were pulled through so we could reform the line formation. All persons who were able to breach this line were actively aggressive towards the officers.” (The sergeant later told me that there were 200 riot cops huddled in the playground of a nearby school. No need to mention this in the police report though.)

Of course, I was one of the lucky ones pulled through the human barricade. All I remember from that point was hitting the pavement hard and face first, and a storm of obscenities. With a knee to the small of my back, and my cheekbone wedged between the handle of a riot shield and the peace officers other knee, I was going nowhere. Then, another cop joined in and decided to demonstrate his knowledge in the art of pressure points on my wrist, “you like that,” I shouted, “give it to me harder.” That didn’t work, but when I called them Nazi Fascist scumbags, they broke out the zip-tie cuffs…

I ended up in a cell with a fellow disrupter of the peace and we talked Marx, globalization, and Anarchy, four hours straight. Thanks to the Medford Police, I now know several new and more efficient tactics of civil disobedience. Though the setting could have been better, I learned a lot in that darned 5 by 7 cell.

When I finally got out, I found my friend Marcos waiting for me. He had come up with my bail money, and had waited four hours for my release. Somehow, Marcos had actually engaged the bloodthirsty cops at the station in a dialogue about the war. One of the more articulate of the cops enlightened us with: “just nuke the place [Iraq], turn it into a parking lot for the Jews.”

Then one of the rookie cops told Marcos that he must have forgotten about September 11th. “Good point,” I thought, considering that Bin-Laden and Saddam are archenemies, and that even Bush’s most hawkish hawks admit that Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11. Marcos explained this as if speaking to a wall.

Sad to say, the mentality of these cops vividly represents the mentality of Americans in favor of this war. As a movement, this is what we are faced with.

I didn’t think it would happen in NYC two weeks ago, and no way did I think it would happen in the suburbs of Boston. 200 rabid police for 300 peace demonstrators, a few of which matched wits with the cops. “What the hell is next, and how are we going to stop it,” is the question that we all must ask. We sat quietly while Bush inc. robbed the presidency blind, did nothing when our constitution was shit upon, but we are finally beginning to make our voices heard.
“(W)e must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex,” said Eisenhower to congress upon leaving office. Well, Dwight was right, and now is the time to guard!






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