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News :: DNC
Crack Down in Boston Continues
25 Jul 2004
Earlier today activists in Boston were detained and questioned for 4hours
Crack Down In Boston Begins

Earlier today activists from Seeds of Peace and the Boston Center for Non-Violent Social Change were detained and searched for 4 and half-hours. Activists from Seeds of Peace arrived in Boston with their bus converted to be utilized as a mobile kitchen for events in Boston during the DNC as well as the DNC2RNC march. The Boston Center for Non-Violent Social Change had secured a lease on private property to park the bus through the week of the DNC.

When the bus pulled into park in the lot Boston Police arrived to inspect their presence. The police inquired as to what was on the bus and the activist informed them that they possessed propane tanks necessary for cooking at events. The police officer then called the fire department to search the bus for possible hazard materials. The activists informed the police officer that they did not consent to a search but were informed that the fire department did not require a warrant to search.

The activists then contacted the National Lawyers Guild to seek assistance. The Lawyers promptly responded to the call and arrived on the seen to assist in answering, and not answering questions.

Shortly there after three fire tucks, EMS, haz-mat, Bomb Squad, and officers from the Secret Service, Homeland security, state police, and the FBI came to investigate the dangerous kitchen. After four hours of attempted interrogation, dog sniffing and investigation the police left with 4 empty propane tanks and one full one. They also searched the activist’s medical supplies but later determined them harmless.

This event was yet another waist of the city and states recources as well as an abuse of our civil Liberties. Add this to the number of unwarranted preemptive assault on activists leading up to the DNC.

None of the activists were arrested however with the propane confiscated they are left wondering how they are going to prepare the food for activists that they had planned. The National Lawyers Guild is researching legal issues around storing propane and weather the Seeds of Peace will get back there propane tanks. In the mean time if anyone has access to propane tanks or money to donate for buying them please e-mail coffeepoo3 (at) yahoo.com or call 617.492.8473.

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Comments

Re: Crack Down in Boston Continues
25 Jul 2004
Well as long as you didn't have "materials to produce pepper spray" this time, I guess you're off the hook...

Joking aside, SOLIDARITY, and I hope the pigs return your fuel in a timely manner.