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Police Riot (english)
20 Nov 2003
Modified: 09:11:59 PM
FTAA finale: Police riot and an early end
Miami, FL

Early this morning peaceful rallies were met with police violence. Some tear gas, some clubbing. The rally, which was indeed peaceful, was not "permitted" and could therefore be dealt with forcefully. Calm returned for the AFL/CIO march which was permitted. Numbers are reported as upwards of 10,000 and it took 25 minutes for the march to pass a single point.

Things broke down rapidly at 4pm when the permit ended. Accounts differ depending upon who you speak with. Police report that protestors instigated by throwing rocks and lighting fires. Protestors claim that police actions were unannouced, there was no call to disperse and that the crowd only retaliated once the police attcked.

In the order of events each side has a different perspective but somethings remain certain. First, protesters were surounded to begin with while the cops were heavily armoured and heavily armed. It seems unlikely that protesters would instigate a fight. Another point is the timing, violence began the same time as the permit expired - also the same time the Executive Director of Miami FTAA cancelled his daily press conference.

Public announcements of arrest remains around 37 at this hour. Injured protesters and medics were attacked at the makeshift hospital the protesters had set up as the police line expanded. Currently the Miami Police State is calm, but resembling martial law in some sections of downtown and Overtown.

But the big news remains Michael Jackson. Go figure.
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20 Nov 2003
The police in Miami used concussion grenades, batons, tear gas and rubber bullets. Why?
One of the whys? Governor Bush. Seems that the Bush family accepts violence and trampling on our Bill of Rights.
The police have total disregard of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. ( does the Federal Government!)
The Miami incident was obscene and wrong.
Which brings me back to the title of my comment...WHY isn't the REAL news being broadcasted?
Does the television media truely think most of us aren't paying attention?
Or, as one television executive stated, "viewers for the most part are stupid"...