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EMERGENCY FTAA Prisoner Support Rally Mon 9am (english)
23 Nov 2003
EMERGENCY FTAA Prisoner Support Rally
Boston Department of Justice
99 Summer Street
9 AM

In response to horrific treatment of prisoners being held from the protests against the FTAA Summit in Miami and the especially harsh treatment of people of color, queer, and transgendered protesters an international call for solidarity has been issued.

Monday morning at 9am we will rally outside a Boston office of the US Department of Justice at 99 Summer Street (near Downtown Crossing and Devonshire Street)
EMERGENCY FTAA Prisoner Support Rally
Boston Department of Justice
99 Summer Street
9 AM

In response to horrific treatment of prisoners being held from the protests against the FTAA Summit in Miami and the especially harsh treatment of people of color, queer, and transgendered protesters an international call for solidarity has been issued.

Monday morning at 9am we will rally outside a Boston office of the US Department of Justice at 99 Summer Street (near Downtown Crossing and Devonshire Street) to demand:

1) Drop all charges.
2) Release all political prisoners.
3) Meet basic human needs: no more brutality, provide appropriate food,
access to medicine and medical attention, warm clothing.
4) Provide access to attorneys and visitation rights.
5) Provide equitable treatment to all prisoners regardless of race,
ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, etc.
6) Do not share information collected with the INS.
7) Fire Chief Timoney and hold all Officers responsible for their
actions.


PLEASE JOIN US

**********************

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, militarized
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, especially targetting people of color and anarchists. Over 100 demonstrators were treated for injuries; 12 were hospitalized.

Police dispersed large groups of peaceful protesters 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 people of color. 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 People of color, 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. (at end of e-mail)

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:
(305) 373-9644

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:
1) Drop all charges.
2) Release all political prisoners.
3) Meet basic human needs: no more brutality, provide appropriate food,
access to medicine and medical attention, warm clothing.
4) Provide access to attorneys and visitation rights.
5) Provide equitable treatment to all prisoners regardless of race,
ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, etc.
6) Do not share information collected with the INS.
7) Fire Chief Timoney and hold all Officers responsible for their
actions.
Many thanks for your support. It is urgently needed.

visit http://ftaaimc.org for more information
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