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3:14pm: 10 Buses of riot cops dispatched to FSZ?
29 Jul 2004
Does anyone have pictures of whats going on? I want to join in the protests later but I don't want to walk into a trap. Thanks.
Does anyone have pictures of whats going on? I want to join in the protests later but I don't want to walk into a trap. Thanks.

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Re: 3:14pm: 10 Buses of riot cops dispatched to FSZ?
29 Jul 2004
they are making some arrests...not too out of hand yet
Re: 3:14pm: 10 Buses of riot cops dispatched to FSZ?
29 Jul 2004
I am outside the protest area, If I was you I wouldn't come down here. I see bodies all over the ground, blood, I think I heard gunshots(could be the rubber bullets). I need help getting out. Send the medics!!!
Re: 3:14pm: 10 Buses of riot cops dispatched to FSZ?
29 Jul 2004
PD reporing man with cart full of baseball bats near protest pen.
Re: 3:14pm: 10 Buses of riot cops dispatched to FSZ?
29 Jul 2004
That's me. I figure that is the only way out. Who's with me?
Re: 3:14pm: 10 Buses of riot cops dispatched to FSZ?
29 Jul 2004
Convergence Center probably has latest info = 617.266.1625
Re: 3:14pm: 10 Buses of riot cops dispatched to FSZ?
29 Jul 2004
corporate media has coverage on Channel 5
Re: 3:14pm: 10 Buses of riot cops dispatched to FSZ?
29 Jul 2004
Reporting live from my Blackberry, sorry is that too corporate. Total anarchy here. People being beat down worse than Rodney King. I only wish I was a blood sucking lawyer. Damn, just got hit with a Bush 04 sign.
Re: 3:14pm: 10 Buses of riot cops dispatched to FSZ?
29 Jul 2004
oh shut up people.

it's not too bad, but you won't be able to get inside the soft zone.

okay?
Re: 3:14pm: 10 Buses of riot cops dispatched to FSZ?
29 Jul 2004
You shouldn't joke about this stuff man. People really might get hurt, this isn't funny. We're serious, we have real concerns for this country. You may think its a big joke but "the man" is out to silence desenting voices. I've seen it happen in Detroit.
Re: 3:14pm: 10 Buses of riot cops dispatched to FSZ?
29 Jul 2004
i was briefly detained by the cops, they had a dog barking in my face while on was on my knees with a black bag over my head...i soiled my pants, i soiled my damn new pants...can any one tell me why i wasn't warned about soiling my pants...damn you all...u suck...screw you guys i am going home
Re: 3:14pm: 10 Buses of riot cops dispatched to FSZ?
29 Jul 2004
Soiled, I smelled you, I mean I saw you. Dude, I think there is an A&F in Faneuil Hall.

I am not joking around. The damn "man" just rolled up on his 22's, shouting about their right to use force if necessary.
Re: 3:14pm: 10 Buses of riot cops dispatched to FSZ?
29 Jul 2004
This is worse than Tiananmen Square. The pigs are out of control. We need to march on to victory. By burning a mannequin we will save this country!!!!
Re: 3:14pm: 10 Buses of riot cops dispatched to FSZ?
29 Jul 2004
I forget, are we voting for Kerry and the Dems, Bush and the Repubs, or Nader and the hippies?
Re: 3:14pm: 10 Buses of riot cops dispatched to FSZ?
29 Jul 2004
I just got an email that says more of my protest buddies say they have Kerry's motorcade pinned in over at South Station. More later.
Re: 3:14pm: 10 Buses of riot cops dispatched to FSZ?
29 Jul 2004
Does anyone have pictures of the cop who started the Molotov cocktail shit?
Re: 3:14pm: 10 Buses of riot cops dispatched to FSZ?
29 Jul 2004
Why is it that we out number the cops, I won't use the p word out of respect for you vegans out there, yet we are the one that always get the snot knocked out of us? Anyone?
Re: 3:14pm: 10 Buses of riot cops dispatched to FSZ?
29 Jul 2004
DON'T FUCK WITH ME OR I WILL CRUSH YOU. IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE ME WHO DO YOU THINK WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR HAVING EVAN DANDO FRONT THE MC5 REUNION. PAYBACK IS A BITCH!!!

-THE MAN
Re: 3:14pm: 10 Buses of riot cops dispatched to FSZ?
29 Jul 2004
Protests Turn Ugly Outside Fleet Center

Police Make Arrests On Last Day Of Convention

POSTED: 3:33 pm EDT July 29, 2004
UPDATED: 3:59 pm EDT July 29, 2004

BOSTON -- After four days of relative calm, protests became tense outside the site of the Democratic National Convention as demonstrators burned a two-faced effigy depicting President Bush on one side and Sen. John Kerry on the other and started a shoving match with police.

About 400 protesters marched through the city before arriving outside the fenced-in demonstration area outside the FleetCenter. The throng pressed up against police officers who used clubs to keep the crowd at bay.


Several protesters were dragged from the crowd and handcuffed by police. Other screamed at the officers to let them go.


Police Superintendent Robert Dunford said two men were arrested, one because police were told he had a bottle of an unknown accelerant, the other for allegedly assaulting a police officer.

Police quickly barricaded the streets near the FleetCenter as the enormous contingent of state and local officers quickly calmed the situation. Fifty to 60 officers with helmets and riot shields marched toward where the confrontation was taking place.

Dunford said he got punched as he ran to the aid of his officers. "I tried to pull my officers from the crowd and I got sucker punched from behind," he said.

"People get angry and they don't know how to get rid of their anger so they end up fighting cops," said protester Garrett Stark, 21, of Rochester, N.Y.

The main entrance to the FleetCenter, which faces the protest area, was closed just as Democratic delegates were beginning to arrive for the final day of the convention.

Two small explosions were heard a few blocks from the arena. A bomb squad had arrived in the area a few minutes and told bystanders to move away. The source of the explosions was not immediately clear.

After four problem-free days, police had prepared for a surge in spontaneous street protests.

The Boston-area Bl(A)ck Tea Society, an ad hoc group of self-described anarchists and anti-authority activists that formed a year ago to stage protests at the convention, called for "decentralized direct action" Thursday.

The group does not advocate violence but encourages demonstrators to hold street protests regardless of whether they have secured permits from the city.

Bl(A)ck Tea members joined with anti-war groups in a march that began in Copley Square shortly after noon and quickly grew into the largest demonstration since thousands of anti-war and anti-abortion protesters greeted delegates on Sunday as they arrived in the city.

The crowd, estimated at around 400 people, looped through the city's Financial District before heading toward the FleetCenter. They were accompanied by about 100 police officers wearing helmets and carrying shields. Seven protesters with hoods tied themselves to a police barricade.

When they arrived outside the fenced-in demonstration zone near the FleetCenter, the protesters set fire to a two-faced effigy - one side showing Bush, the other Kerry. As it burned, the protesters stomped on puppet, while others burned copies of Bush's autobiography.

Boston Police Commissioner Kathleen O'Toole ordered police tactical teams out in force Thursday, as they have been throughout the week.

State police Lt. Col. Jack Kelly said Thursday's police deployment was the biggest in recent Boston history.

Superintendent James Claiborne said police were not overreacting by having a large, visible presence, based on what had happened with protests during past conventions.

"I think the cost of not being prepared is watching the city burn down," Claiborne said. "We wouldn't want to see Newbury Street with half the windows knocked out. You know you wouldn't want to see riots in the street and people being hurt."

The biggest protests surrounding the convention were on Sunday. About 2,000 anti-war activists and a separate group of 1,000 abortion opponents crossed paths briefly as they marched to the FleetCenter as convention delegates were just arriving in town.

The next day, police revoked abortion opponents' permit to pray and leave roses in front of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry's Beacon Hill home, a decision later upheld by a federal judge.

Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Re: 3:14pm: 10 Buses of riot cops dispatched to FSZ?
29 Jul 2004
go to "Look what they did to me"
what happened to our rights? they are smashed on the concrete..how sad
Re: 3:14pm: 10 Buses of riot cops dispatched to FSZ?
29 Jul 2004
I took an extended coffee break and spent the last hour around Canal Street and the Free Speech Cage. A solid line of black-uniformed, helmeted riot police blocked Canal just beyond the north entrance to the Cage (so you could not get to The Fours bar or D'Angelo's sub shop).

Inside the Cage, around 3:35 pm, several people attacked the east fence with bolt-cutters, making three large holes. Unfortunately, they only got as far as cutting the inner fence before the police took the bolt-cutters away. The outer fence remained unmolested. I didn't see any arrests or violence, so I think the protesters voluntarily surrendered the bolt cutters to the police after cutting their holes.

Someone set up a tape or CD player with a choir singing "We Shall Overcome" in an endless loop, and set this up next to the Cage's microphone. This seemed to have a calming influence on everyone, and kept people from yelling incoherently into the mike like they did on previous days.

This was my favorite sign of the week. Someone held it up right in front of the line of riot police.
Re: 3:14pm: 10 Buses of riot cops dispatched to FSZ?
29 Jul 2004
I took an extended coffee break and spent the last hour around Canal Street and the Free Speech Cage. A solid line of black-uniformed, helmeted riot police blocked Canal just beyond the north entrance to the Cage (so you could not get to The Fours bar or D'Angelo's sub shop).

Inside the Cage, around 3:35 pm, several people attacked the east fence with bolt-cutters, making three large holes. Unfortunately, they only got as far as cutting the inner fence before the police took the bolt-cutters away. The outer fence remained unmolested. I didn't see any arrests or violence, so I think the protesters voluntarily surrendered the bolt cutters to the police after cutting their holes.

Someone set up a tape or CD player with a choir singing "We Shall Overcome" in an endless loop, and set this up next to the Cage's microphone. This seemed to have a calming influence on everyone, and kept people from yelling incoherently into the mike like they did on previous days.

This was my favorite sign of the week. Someone held it up right in front of the line of riot police.
Re: 3:14pm: 10 Buses of riot cops dispatched to FSZ?
29 Jul 2004
My "favorite sign of the week" link didn't get through for some reason, so here's the URL:

http://www.supermarket.com/charlie

The guy holding it was standing right against the police line, next to the north entrance to the Cage.
Re: 3:14pm: 10 Buses of riot cops dispatched to FSZ?
29 Jul 2004
I think the police to protestor posting ratio here is about 4 to 1. Chuckle.