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Ashcroft Protest Report (english)
09 Sep 2003
Modified: 04:58:01 PM
a rousing crowd of hundreds chanted and defied Ashcroft and the destruction of our civil rights
8:00 am
People had already gathered in between the back door of Fanuiel Hall and Quincy Market. About fifty or sixty people were already there, carrying many signs and leading chants of "hey hey, ho ho, Patriot Act has got to go!" There were about ten police officers standing behind a metal barricade which had been erected about twenty feet away from Fanuiel Hall. There were two registration desks, one for attendees and one for press arranged behind the barricades.

8:15am
The crowd quickly swelled and doubled in size, with people packed the entire width of Quincy Market. One protester announced that never has Faneuil Hall been closed to the public for a political speech in this way. The crowd responded with five minutes of extremeley loud shouting, saying: "Let the People In!" The crowd then moved straight up to the barricade and the police moved to the outside of the barricade on the same side as the crowd. A series of chants filled the air: "Bill Of Rights, Bring it Back! We Don't Want Your Patriot Act!" "Police State, Shut It Down!"

8:30am
A series of speakers began to address the crowd, including the director of Citizens for Policital Action, the manager of Harvard Book Store, City Councillor Chuck Turner, as well as librarians, Moslem Americans, and immigrants rights activists. Each of the speakers was welcomed and applauded with rousing cheers.

8:45-9:10am
The activities continued as the "guests" of John Ashcroft arrived and checked in at the registration desk. A small group of anarchist youth vigorously shouted "SHAME! SHAME! SHAME! SHAME!" at all those who came to listen to Ashcroft speak. Indeed, how can Ashcroft use our tax dollars to engage in political activity supporting the destruction of our civil rights while serving as a government official. Rep. John Conyers sent a letter to him demanding that he desist from this "Stealth Tour" in support of the Patriot Act, because it is in clear violation of the law.
see:
http://truthout.org/docs_03/082303E.shtml

Others shouted at the arriving guests, saying: "Walk Out! Why do you support the destruction of our rights! Walk Out! Do you have a conscience? Walk Away!" Needless to say, the fist of terror of getting a "Personal Invitation" from John Ashcroft was too powerful for any of the guests to just say no.

9:15am
A group of people moved to the front of Fanuiel Hall saying "Ashcroft is arriving!" and begain to shout and protest there.

9:20am
The rear door of Faneuil Hall was closed. All the guests and press were INSIDE the building, dutifully kissing the ass of Herr Goebbels, while the continuing arrivals of protesters had mounted to a crowd of hundreds and hundreds.

9:30am
As Ashcroft spoke, the protesters had surrounded the entire building, shouting, chanting, demanding an end the Patriot Act. The noise was incredible! The defenders of Freedom and the constitution continued the protest continuously for half an hour.

9:45am
a second police van arrived with a whole load of metal barriers which were erected on the side of Fanuiel Hall facing south. The protesters began to gather on that side of the building, some shouting "come get your fresh Democracy! Come and get it! Hot, fresh democracy, right here! Come see the conjoined twins of Church and State, they are alive, but not for long!" A huge mass of people gathered on the side of the building, chanting and demanding Ashcroft come out to face the people he is so willing to oppress, to search, to arrest, WITHOUT WARRANT, WITHOUT EVIDENCE, WITHOUT CHARGING THEM OF ANY CRIME!

"Repeal the Patriot Act! We Demand Due Process of Law!" the Cries rang across the Hall.

A conga line formed of people dancing and singing "we don't like John AshCROFT, we don't like John AshCROFT!"

9:55am
the guests left the hall from the side facing Quincy Market to a ceaseless torrent of catcalls and shouts of "SHAME! SHAME! SHAME!"

10:00am
Ashcroft was finally hustled out of the side entrance, while a gigantic cry of "TRAITOR! TRAITOR! DESTROYING THE BILL OF RIGHTS! MONSTER! TRAITOR! SHAME ON YOU!" thundered through Boston, ringing from the rooftops and shaking the earth beneath our feet.

And so the damned fascist came to Boston. Thank Heavens for Every Single Man, Woman and Child who came out this morning to save our democracy!
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Police Brutality (english)
09 Sep 2003
It is also important to note that shortly after the police attempted to setup more barricades an incident occured in which the police assualted a number of the protesters.

The police punched a 16 year in the face and then attempted to pull her over the metal barricade. Several other protesters were assualted (including myself) in the effort to prevent our commrade from being pulled over. Several of us were left with minor injuries and bloodied mouths. I was left bruised from where the police tried to pull me over he barricade by gouging my eyes and pulling me over.

If anyone has pictures or video of the incident please post them here on indymedia so that we can try and bring charges against the vicious henchmen of the state.

solidarity