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News :: DNC
Photos Of The "Free Speech Zone" // July 23rd
24 Jul 2004
Modified: 05:37:00 PM
Photos taken on Friday July 23rd of the "Free Speech Zone."

Full map of the Protest Pen and "Soft Zone": http://www.blackteasociety.org/propaganda/DetailMap.pdf
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Re: Photos Of The "Free Speech Zone" // July 23rd
24 Jul 2004
who is going to volunteer to get in the cage?
LOL
i think they're trying to scare people into not coming. come, just don't get in the cage... have a friend stationed far away with a good zoom camera to catch the action, :)
Re: Photos Of The "Free Speech Zone" // July 23rd
24 Jul 2004
I want to see the razorwire, I heard rumors at the Boston Social Forum that there is razorwire, but haven't seen any evidence at this time. Anyone have pictures?
Razor Wire
24 Jul 2004
it is visible in the first and fourth photo.

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Re: Photos Of The "Free Speech Zone" // July 23rd
25 Jul 2004
On closer examination, I was mistaken. There is no razor wire in the FSZ. Sorry.
The pen is a great Prop.
25 Jul 2004
lots of Theater in the pen.
Dress in orange and wear a hood
while in the pen.
Re: Photos Of The "Free Speech Zone" // July 23rd
25 Jul 2004
What's this story about, there's no background info?
Razor wire
25 Jul 2004
i don't know who decided to post under my name with a false (and silly statement), but whatever.

the razor wire is clearly visible from those two photos.

no background info?? there are about 3 center column stories about this on Boston IMC.
Re: Photos Of The "Free Speech Zone" // July 23rd
25 Jul 2004
I certainly hope that nobody uses "the cage" that has been set up. All protesters must get as close as they can to the "hard zone" in order to be recognized. Your message must but be loud and clear. This is your chance to be heard, be strong and move foward.
Re: Photos Of The "Free Speech Zone" // July 23rd
26 Jul 2004
I am a Democrat, but I definitely disapprove of this so-called "free speech zone." It looks like a concentration camp.
Re: Photos Of The "Free Speech Zone" // July 23rd
26 Jul 2004
Obviously, the fencing completely defeats the entire concept of free speech and is a total violation of the First Amendment. How vulgar!
Re: Photos Of The "Free Speech Zone" // July 23rd
26 Jul 2004
Please, Stop calling them "Free Speech Zones."
Call them what they are: Repression Zones, Protest Pens, etc.
Re: Photos Of The "Free Speech Zone" // July 23rd
26 Jul 2004
And I Thought We Had It Bad Down Here In Virginia good luck i wish i could be there will try to get a ride to NYC for tweedle dummer's convention peace jim
Re: Photos Of The "Free Speech Zone" // July 23rd
26 Jul 2004
Hey - if you feel strongly about this, I'd suggest emailing www.buzzflash.com and www.truthout.org - and the convention itself - and demand that Kerry and the DNC do something to address this. I'd like to vote Kerry, but this really bothers me (I voted Nader in 2000). Can you imagine Kerry confronting this type of apparatus as a protester in his youth? So much for "pro-democracy / anti-hypocracy" as touted on www.buzzflash.com

At least, www.guerrillanews.com and links from www.nologo.org offer some coverage of this. I'm about as far away from Boston as you can get, but I've already written Truthout urging them to use their forum and platform at the Convention to deal with this issue. The article http://www.guerrillanews.com/government/doc4915.html - excerpted from Democracy Now! -
goes into more detail about this situation.
Kerry's got my vote, most likely, if he addresses this blight immediately.


Mark Tirpak
Austin, TX - currently in Montana
Re: Photos Of The "Free Speech Zone" // July 23rd
26 Jul 2004
7-26-04

Is this concentration camp all over again for those who are a threat to the system? This is becoming a police state and this proves where we are headed.
Re: Photos Of The "Free Speech Zone" // July 23rd
26 Jul 2004
7-26-04

Is this concentration camp all over again for those who are a threat to the system? This is becoming a police state and this proves where we are headed.
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26 Jul 2004
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Re: Photos Of The "Free Speech Zone" // July 23rd
26 Jul 2004
This is as facist as it gets, if this is what this government thinks of "Free Speech" then we are no longer any kind of constitutional republic but more the dictatorship the GW gas clearly stated he would "prefer." God save us all.
Re: Photos Of The "Free Speech Zone" // July 23rd
26 Jul 2004
This is as facist as it gets, if this is what this government thinks of "Free Speech" then we are no longer any kind of constitutional republic but more the dictatorship the GW gas clearly stated he would "prefer." God save us all.
Re: Photos Of The "Free Speech Zone" // July 23rd
26 Jul 2004
That is just creepy. I propose some active types in Boston go in the cage and recreate scenes from Abu-Graib (sp?)... that is bound to catch the media's attention and perhaps prove a point if some of the participants are arrested for assualt.
Re: Photos Of The "Free Speech Zone" // July 23rd
26 Jul 2004
I wonder what they are going to do when people start dying in these FSZs (prisons) after being trampled by a panicked crowd from lack of enough exits. I wonder if they've allowed for medical evacuations of sick people and those overcome by teargas and the like. I wonder where America went and when the Nazis really took over.
Re: Photos Of The "Free Speech Zone" // July 23rd
26 Jul 2004
I would urge all protestors not to enter the "Free Speech Zone" and to do all protesting in the Hard or Soft Zones, or other areas.
Re: Photos Of The "Free Speech Zone" // July 23rd
27 Jul 2004
...that's it, we finally got what democracy and freedom really mean for the ruling class.....

...Work hard and longer, get paid less, increase your personal debt, decrease your rights, and in case you want to express your opinion well, get in the cage and speak we are not going to listen to you anyway is just to make you feel you are free meanwhile we go ahead with the usual businness: wars, etc.
Re: Photos Of The "Free Speech Zone" // July 23rd
27 Jul 2004
Americans, we are numb from consummerism and now that the "freedom cage" around us is there to be touched we still believe about democracy and freedom in this country and the will to export it around the world.
Re: Photos Of The "Free Speech Zone" // July 23rd
27 Jul 2004
john kerry will bring the troops who humiliated the iraqi prisoners to the compounds in boston! he also plans to invite sadaam to the usa for a lecture series at us universitys to serve as the community service portion of his sentence!
Re: Photos Of The "Free Speech Zone" // July 23rd
27 Jul 2004
Fortunately I live in a former dictatorship (Peru-South America), and there are no limitations on people's free speech here... The US has gone totally mad! How much more can the puppeteers cut away from people's basic rights before the people RISE UP AND SLAY THE MONSTER?? I was born and raised in the world's oldest continuing democracy (Iceland), and I know freedom when I see it... what I see happening in the US is NOT anything that can or should be called "freedom". www.hraunfjord.com
Re: Photos Of The "Free Speech Zone" // July 23rd
27 Jul 2004
Shame on the Democrats for allowing this to happen. Shame on you.
Re: Photos Of The "Free Speech Zone" // July 23rd
27 Jul 2004
if the government is willing to make such a mockery of the constitution why should we let them continue to hide behind it?
Re: Photos Of The "Free Speech Zone" // July 23rd
27 Jul 2004
All the protestors should dress up in abu graib orange jumpsuits! That would send a message.
James
Re: Photos Of The "Free Speech Zone" // July 23rd
27 Jul 2004
"Free Zone"
Reminds me of the story about the frog sitting in a pot of water. If you will accept this, you to will soon be boiled.
Re: Photos Of The "Free Speech Zone" // July 23rd
27 Jul 2004
These so-called free speech zones are appalling. Shame on the democrats for sponsoring such degradation. It just goes to show what this party is all about these days. I see that this obscenity was not in the least bit mentioned or shown on any of the non-stop ubiquitous major network news coverage of the convention last night. The only way to be heard is @ those $10,000 a plate dinners. Godspeed to the protestors in Boston and then it's on to New York for the real showdown.
Re: Photos Of The "Free Speech Zone" // July 23rd
27 Jul 2004
umm yeah i so totally want to express my right to free speech there
Re: Photos Of The "Free Speech Zone" // July 23rd
27 Jul 2004
I personally feel that we were given the freedom of speech to say what we had to say, wherever it needed to be said, not to be put in a cage to say it. Whoever does decide to participate should just go ahead and give up there rights. I mean this is insane!!!
Re: Photos Of The "Free Speech Zone" // July 23rd
27 Jul 2004
Bill of Rights Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
written in plain simple grammar school english. Do these self-important grandstanding self-aggrandizing even know about the bill of rights; it certainly seems as though they either have not read it or have extremely poor comprehension skills. If this is the DNC who knows what the RNC will do. These are the people who hate freedom and try to take away our birthrights.
Re: Photos Of The "Free Speech Zone" // July 23rd
27 Jul 2004
....to whoever is there in boston bring to the "freedom cage"....alive chickens so the "great people" that did build it, after they can clean up the shit.
Re: Photos Of The "Free Speech Zone" // July 23rd
27 Jul 2004
This is sickening. No one should enter this cage unless they plan on blowing the MFer up.
Re: Photos Of The "Free Speech Zone" // July 23rd
27 Jul 2004
Free speech zone? What a joke... but unfortunately it's not funny. Hey dude, where
IS my country?
Re: Photos Of The "Free Speech Zone" // July 23rd
28 Jul 2004
I guess these pictures prove what both mainstream political parties think of "free speech"
Re: Photos Of The "Free Speech Zone" // July 23rd
28 Jul 2004
I GUESS YOU HAVE TO CONSIDER THIS: THE END OF ANY MEANINGFUL FREE SPEECH OR ANY OTHER "RIGHTS"...WHAT TO DO? HMMM...
WHAT DID OUR FOUNDING FATHERS SAY WE SHOULD DO IF THESE TYPE OF TACTICS WERE USED TO TAKE AWAY THE BILL-OF-RIGHTS?!? HMMMM...I KNOW; M-I-L-I-T-I-A..
BEFORE THE GUARD-DOGS OF THESE TRAITORS ALLOW THEM TO ENSLAVE THEMSELVES, THEIR OWN CHILDREN, AND OF COURSE, THE REST OF US....STAND OR AMERICA WILL DIE....PERIOD...

OTHERWISE; WELCOME TO THE SOCIALIST/GLOBALIST(i.e."NAZI":NEW-WORLD-ORDER!!!
Re: Photos Of The "Free Speech Zone" // July 23rd
28 Jul 2004
wake up people. these are your tax dollars at work - digging your own holes. get involved. vote. we can turn this tide around. it's not too late. if we don't, it's only going to get worse.
Re: Photos Of The "Free Speech Zone" // July 23rd
28 Jul 2004
wake up people. these are your tax dollars at work - digging your own holes. get involved. vote. we can turn this tide around. it's not too late. if we don't, it's only going to get worse.
Re: Photos Of The "Free Speech Zone" // July 23rd
28 Jul 2004
The scary part is how many people think this is aceptable and even neccessary
Re: Photos Of The "Free Speech Zone" // July 23rd
28 Jul 2004
WE HAVE 'FREE SPEECH' JUST NOT 'FREE PLACE TO STAND'. HMMMMMMMMMM!
Re: Photos Of The "Free Speech Zone" // July 23rd
28 Jul 2004
Consider the source. Kerry and Bush are both politicians. Bottom line, whether you vote Democrat or Republican, you will get the same "service" no matter who wins.

If any of you don't think Kerry knows about "THE CAGE"...think again..he knows darn well it's there and just what it is for.

I agree with those that say Protest in an area where you will be seen, that is the only way you will be heard.
Re: Photos Of The "Free Speech Zone" // July 23rd
28 Jul 2004
The free speech zone looks like a silencing pit. It is too bad that the poor and common are put behind chain link fences like animals while the corrupt politicians are in luxurious surroundings.

Maybe someone should pray that the automobiles in the free speech zone belonging to mass media be set ablaze so that free speech can be taken above ground.

Know your enemy in the seats of power in the USA. Some factions are deeply intertwined with the mafia and they are robbing America blind. This government is not ours and they do not obey laws to ensure us safety and open speech to the masses.

Since we can not vote or enter governent meetings in many states of the USA we are honoring as martyrs suicide bombers and kidnappers who limit their actitivies to those true criminals in the higher echelons of the Democrat/Republican regime, their highest and most corrupt and abusive bureaucrats, and their mafia associates.

The link below has music and art and details of horrors and comedy in America

http://www.angelfire.com/zine2/democracyordeath/
Re: Photos Of The "Free Speech Zone" // July 23rd
04 Aug 2004
Free Speech Detainees might get more media attention if they were clad in ORANGE JUMPSUITS!
Would be most effective at the RNC in New York.
Re: Photos Of The "Free Speech Zone" // July 23rd
04 Aug 2004
That's absolutely revolting. I think there are cells in Gitmo with more room to move.
Re: Photos Of The "Free Speech Zone" // July 23rd
12 Jan 2005
they've figured out how to undo free speech.

"if there are protestors in a cage and they say something against a mainstream idea, is there still a sound?"