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Miami APOC Press Statement and Call To Action (english)
by Autonomia Network
22 Nov 2003
Press Release and Call to Action By Autonomia Network representing Anti- Authoritarian, Autonomous POC at Miami FTAA Demonstrations.
Miami APOC Call To Action
Press Release and Call to Action By Autonomia Network representing Anti-Authoritarian, Autonomous POC at Miami FTAA Demonstrations.
During the past week of demonstrations against the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), protesters have been met with a massive show of state repression, backed by $8.5 million in US Government funding. Miami Police Commissioner John Timoney oversaw a massive, paramilitary assault on our constitutional and human rights. Police wielding batons, tear gas, pepper spray, rubber, wooden, and plastic bullets and other chemical agents attacked demonstrators, specifically POC and anarchists. Over 100 demonstrators were treated for injuries; 12 were hospitalized. Police dispersed large groups of peaceful protestors with tear gas, pepper spray, and open fire, once broken into smaller groups the treatment became harsher. This campaign of fear and intimidation culminated in the closure and militarization of downtown Miami. There were confirmed reports of military tanks patrolling the streets after dark on Thursday night.
There are estimates of more than 250 arrests with specific targets of anarchists and POC. People have become political prisoners and are being held in jail. More than 50 of them were arrested while holding a peaceful vigil outside the jail in solidarity with those inside. They were surrounded by riot police and ordered to disperse. As they did, police opened fire and blocked the streets preventing many from leaving. We are now receiving reports from people being released or calling from jail that there is excessive brutality, sexual assault and torture going on inside. Reports from released prisoners’ claims that POC, Queer and transgender prisoners are particularly being targeted. There is a confirmed report of one Latino man arrested along with 62 others outside Miami-Dade County Jail Friday, who is currently hospitalized in the Intensive Care Unit for an injury he received after being beaten in the head with nightstick by an arresting officer. Those practicing jail solidarity by not stating names or nationalities are even further targeted for torture from police by hours of beatings and soaking with water in the extremely cold jail cells. There are still some people who are under disappeared status.
People have also been denied access to attorneys, visitation rights, vegetarian or vegan food, and access to essential medication and medical attention.
Representing the anti-authoritarian, autonomous, people of color groups in Miami, Autonomia is putting out a call with other groups of the Miami Direct Action contingent. We call on people from around the globe to take action immediately to support our sisters and brothers who are being unfairly arrested and brutalized. We are calling for three immediate actions:
1) Call, fax, email elected officials with the demands listed below. Contact information below.
2) Money is urgently needed Wire money to Cynthia Pitt at the Western Union in Miami, FL When you do this, call the convergence center in Miami at:
Call the center to tell them:
1. You're sending it to Cynthia
2. The tracking number
3. The time you sent it
3) Global Day of Action on Monday at any time and any appropriate location. This could be US Embassies, Departments of Justice or FBI offices
THESE ARE OUR DEMANDS:
· Drop all charges.
· Release all political prisoners.
· Meet basic human needs: no more brutality, provide appropriate food, access to medicine and medical attention, warm clothing.
· Provide access to attorneys and visitation rights.
· Provide equitable treatment to all prisoners regardless of race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, etc.
· Do not share information collected with the INS.
· Fire Chief Timoney and whole all Officers responsible for their actions.
Many thanks for your support. It is urgently needed.
Autonomia POC Network
Direct Action Contingency, Miami
To send a free fax:
PLEASE CALL AND WRITE:MANUEL A. DIAZ, Mayor, City of Miami 305.250.5300 305.375.5071
mayor (at) miamidade.gov OR mannydiaz (at) ci.miami.fl.us
ALEX PENELAS, Mayor, Miami-Dade County 305.829.9336 home 305.375.5071 office
Chief of Staff: Francois Illas
Fillas (at) ci.miami.fl.us
KATHERINE FERNANDEZ RUNDLE State Attorney
JOHN TIMONEY Chief of Police
Local media has been grossly biased in their coverage. While this is somewhat to be expected, the following are numbers that people can callto voice frustration.
CBS4: 305-639-4551, 305-639-4601, 305-639-4426
WPLG channel 10: 305-576-6397
WSUN Fox: 954-524-0388 (Rosh Lowe)
Miami Jail Information: To track people in the system try: www.miami-dadeclerk.com M
iami-Dade Jail (felonies)
Facility Supervisor: Captain E. Cambridge
Address: 1320 NW 13 Street Miami, FL. 33125
Facility Phone: (786) 263-4100
Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center (misdemeanors)
Facility Supervisor: Captain M. Fernandez
Address: 7000 NW 41 Street Miami, Fl. 33166
Facility Phone:(305) 470-7600 C
arlos Alvarez, Director of Metropolitan Sheriff Department Miami-Dade Police Department 9105 Northwest 25th Street Miami, FL 33172-1500 USA Telephone: +1-305-471-2100 Fax: +1-305-471-2163
OTHER CONTACT NUMBERS OF CITY OFFICIALS ALEJANDRO VILARELLO City Attorney 305-416-1800 JOHNNY WINTON, Miami City Commissioner 305.858.7344 home 305.250.5333 office
Johnny L. Winton
E-mail: jwinton (at) ci.miami.fl.us
KATY SORENSON, Miami Dade County Commissioner
Commissioner Angel Gonzalez
E-mail: agonzalez (at) ci.miami.fl.us
Telephone: (305)250-5430 Commissioner Joe M. SanchezDistrict 3
E-mail: jsanchez (at) ci.miami.fl.us
Telephone: (305)250-5380 Commissioner Tomas P. Regalado
District 4E-mail: tr (at) ci.miami.fl.usTelephone: (305)250-5420Commissioner Arthur Teele, Jr.District 5
E-mail: artteele (at) ci.miami.fl.us
City Manager Joe Arriola E-mail: jarriola (at) ci.miami.fl.us
City Attorney Alejandro Vilarello
E-mail: law (at) ci.miami.fl.us
Telephone: (305)416-1800City Attorney's Office
444 SW 2nd Avenue, Suite 945
Miami, Florida 33130