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WEF Saturday ... Superbowl Sunday
04 Feb 2002
Modified: 10:02:16 AM
While fat old white men gather to discuss the amazing win by the Patriots, thousands of fans take to the streets to celebrate the victory with vandalism.
Various crowds gathered all over the city to celebrate the Patriot's win. A car was flipped over on Hemingway street while 300 kids looked on chanting "fuck bin laden!!". Two fire trucks arrived and sprayed down the flipped car. The crowd started chanting "BFD" and high-fiving all the firefighters as they climbed back into their trucks. There were 2 police cars and a couple of Northeastern pigs, but the boys in blue stood back while the car was flipped over again. Multiple cars had windows broken and kids were standing on top of them. The police tried to put one kid in the back of a wagon, but he was un-arrested by the crowd... Over in Kenmore Square there were 3,000 people yelling, dancing in the streets and throwing toilet paper. The crowd consisted mostly of college kids feeling good to be outside and drunk on a sunday night. One kid pulled out his conga drum and started playing some beats. The crowd reacted and a gigantic dance party ensued in the middle of Kenmore Square. The pigs charged the circle and roughed some people up with batons... shoving and pushing. The drum was confiscated, but newspaper boxes became drums and the party continued. The police had no real control... a real people's party. It seemed to be the exact opposite of what happened in New York City this weekend. The anti-WEF march on saturday was contained in pens and barricades and ran 100% on the NYPD's terms. It was dissapointing and (dare i say?) a defeat. With the exception of an amazing salsa band, some great drumming and seeing riot cops in front of every Starbucks... the day didn't turn out too well. The pigs knew where to hit us and when to hit us... and then herded everyone into cages... they were ready for us.
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Slowly I'm losing the little bit of hope Ihad
04 Feb 2002
I was in NYC on saturday. The way the police treated us peaceful protests who had obtained permits to demonstrate makes me sick. To come home, tired, soar, feeling somewhat defeated, only to be greated by police standing in approval of citizens running amock, with no permits, destroying others personal propety makes me begin to want to give up.

But then I realize this can't be done. This is the time for action. When the police, the governemnt, the stock brockers, the millionaires all feel as if they have us where they want us I make a call out to all of you who feel the same way I do. I make a call to fight out against this backward system of multinational corporations exploiting third world countries. To fight out against our country becoming a police state run by cops who break the laws more then those who pay their salaries and who they are paid to protect.

We must all look towards Washington D.C. on April 27th. This can be our chance to redeem ourselves after what some are referring to a defeat. I say we go to Washington, every last one of us. And show this country we do not approve of their abuses. We need to make DC more like Seattle and Genoa. We need to take control of the streets that are rightfully ours. We need to show the IMF and Worldbank what we think about them, and then when they think they have us where they want us, SHUT THEM DOWN. This can be done. I know it can. I could see the posibillity of it in New York. But, the pigs were more prepared then we were. That's why we need to prepare for DC and come in with our heads high and our fists ready.

New York was stopped because the police were able to control large groups of people into a small area. That's why I feel in order for Washington to be a success we need to work in affinity groups. Many affinity groups all of which will be responsible for certain parts of the city. Communication is a MUST for this to occur. A de-centralized attack will work in our favor. The cops can't outnumber us everywhere. On one street somewhere there will be more activists and that is the first street we take over. One at a time.

I make a call for anyone who feels the same way I do to please get in contact with me. I want to help make this work. But I know I can't do it alone. Thank you.

Alwysfornever (at) aol.com
...losing hope?...
04 Feb 2002
I was also in NY, both Saturday and Sunday. I came back last night feeling numb and more than a little depressed. The NYPD were unbelievably effective at maintaining strict control at all times.Their training and preparation for us obviously paid off. When you stop to consider that virtually all branches of law enforcement, local, state, and federal, are sharing information and coordinating everything, it shouldn't be a surprise that the actions of demonstrators were largely ineffectual. However, I was extremely disappointed by everyone's acceptance of their control. I was penned into an intersection at the end of the Saturday's march route with a couple thousand others. The police sealed the exits and stood by looking menacing, failing to explain why we were being "detained". I overheard a handful of people talking about busting out, but most of the crowd seemed to lack the resolve to take any action. Granted, any action may have resulted in arrests, or possibly violence, but sometimes sacrifices need to be made for the greater good. I don't exclude myself from this passive group, and I'm angry with myself for not being a bit more aggressive. Sunday's spontaneous occupation of an intersection near St. Mark's Place turned out similarly, although the group of protestors was much, much smaller, and the cops seemed a lot more aggressive and generally pissed off. I saw several people get arrested and dragged off. This immediately caused protestors to start looking for an escape route. Again, very disappointing. I've come away from the weekend's events having much more sympathy for more militant groups like black block. Passivity and cooperation are what the cops demand- why did we all just comply? Even though we were grossly outnumbered at all times, it seems to me that any action would have been better than compliance. I'll definitly be in DC in April, and forcing myself to act in a way I can be proud of. Hopefully, others will too. It sucks to come away from something like this feeling totally deflated and defeated.