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News :: DNC
DNC Medics: Dangers of Un-Free Speech Zone
27 Jul 2004
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ULY 26, 2004
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BOSTON, MA - As part of the public health and safety mission of the DNC medic organizing group, we believe it is critical to inform activists
of the potential dangers associated with entering the so-called "Free Speech Zone." In addition to compromising their rights to free speech and assembly, people should be aware that the Un-Free Speech Zone could be hazardous to their health.

All aspects of the zone, from design to access, present serious health and safety risks for those penned inside. Activists who plan to enter this zone should be aware of the risks involved, and take precautions to ensure their health and safety.

The City of Boston has put people at risk of dehydration and other health problems by restricting their access to water, food, bathrooms, and medical care. Forbidden to take bags into the Zone, protesters cannot carry water and food, and medics cannot carry supplies for treatment. The limited points of entry and exit could facilitate injuries, and raise serious concerns about the speed of service we are able to provide in the event of a medical emergency.

This warning has a direct historical precedent: Los Angeles in 2000, at the last Democratic National Convention. In LA, police responded to a
limited provocation with a broad and intensive assault on demonstrators and concert-goers trapped within a similar zone, then called a "Public-Assembly Area." The zone's limited exit capacity prohibited a swift and orderly dispersal to safety, and created an emergency medical
scenario. In the event of a similar attack, or of physical violence from counter-demonstrators, Boston's Un-Free Speech Zone will slow evacuation
and could even cause trampling-related injuries.

We are disturbed that the City of Boston, in the name of security, has created a situation that consciously endangers the health of people who
are exercising their Constitutional rights to free speech and safe public assembly. The Un-FSZ is a disaster waiting to happen, and one that can be prevented. We urge city officials to address health and safety risks in the Un-Free Speech Zone by, at a minimum, providing water and freely accessible bathrooms, and by allowing street medics to enter with medical supplies.

The DNC medic organizing group is a part of a nation-wide network of street-action medics. It is an all-volunteer, non-hierarchical, consensus-run organization that aims to provide medical support, by all means at our individual and collective disposal, at progressive demonstrations and direct actions related to the 2004 Democratic National Convention.

For more info on the medic organizing response to the Un-FSZ, please contact at bostonmedics (at) riseup.net or call us at 617-290-7554 and leave a message. We will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.

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Re: DNC Medics: Dangers of Un-Free Speech Zone
27 Jul 2004
While I find the Free Speech Cage deplorable and reprehensible, I have had no trouble walking in and out of it with a backpack. I was standing at the corner of Valenti Way and Canal Street for several hours yesterday afternoon and evening, and the only people the cops stopped from entering the zone were either riding bicycles or carrying signs on sticks.
Re: DNC Medics: Dangers of Un-Free Speech Zone
27 Jul 2004
Last night, I was able to freely enter the Un-FSZ with a blue photographers backpack that contained two battery powered hatchet style Sawzall reciprocating saws, four dozen large "Torch" blades suitable for cutting heavy steel beams, a bottle of oil, and 4 extra battery packs.

Carried two cameras around my neck, and had something around my neck that looked like a press credential.

Left the saw blades hidden at various locations inside the Un-FSZ for the fun on Thursday.
Re: DNC Medics: Dangers of Un-Free Speech Zone
27 Jul 2004
well that is bullshit...the secret service ordered the LAPD to disperse the crowd in LA when they were worried they were about to storm the Staples Center.
Re: DNC Medics: Dangers of Un-Free Speech Zone
27 Jul 2004
Hey, hopefully the pigs are crackin' some of your dork-ass skulls. Why the hell protest the DNC? Who gives a shit about that? Wait til NYC in late august ya herbs. pretentious honky lefty extremists can eat a dick.
Re: DNC Medics: Dangers of Un-Free Speech Zone
28 Jul 2004
you know what happens to trolls in the light of day, right?
Re: DNC Medics: Dangers of Un-Free Speech Zone
28 Jul 2004
There's no danger in the free speech zone. People have to show for there to be a risk.
Re: DNC Medics: Dangers of Un-Free Speech Zone
28 Jul 2004
What's with the list of items you brought in? Either you're a pig or not too bright. Everyone should be aware that this site is surely monitored. You're either trying to give some excuses for cops or trying to get your shit confiscated and yourself arrested. Think before you post.