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(en) US, Washington, [Infoshop News] Quick Update from Washington, DC

From Chuck Munson <chuck@tao.ca>
Date Fri, 27 Sep 2002 22:28:41 -0400 (EDT)


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I'm working on a longer article which I will post on Infoshop News website 
and will update throughout the day.

The shutdown organized in Washington, DC by the Anti-Capitalist Convergence 
was wildly successful this morning. Downtown streets were almost deserted by 
the fact that most workers had stayed home. Those who did go to work, did so 
late in the morning, if they hadn't been delayed by the mass civil 
disobedience in the streets this morning.

It was very encouraging to see and hear about so many actions that were 
organized by affinity groups.

The police did their part in disrupting traffic with their over-the-top 
response to demonstraters. At one point, they shut down two blocks of 12th 
street, a major traffic artery, for a half hour as they arrested more than 70 
people.

Later, several hundred people were surrounded in a park near Freedom Plaza, 
where they had gathered to do a drum circle. The police arrested over 350 
people and transported them on 9 buses to the Blue Plains facility in 
southeast Washington. While most of the protesters walked out of the park 
without resisting, the cops brutalized several people, including two guys 
that they dragged across the intersection and into a van.

I've been told that over 500 people have been arrested today. The police 
chief has threatened to detain them until Monday, but under D.C. law, you 
have to be arraigned within 48 hours.

I've gotten word that the entire Pagan Bloc was arrested.

There will be a meeting tonight at 6 pm at the ACC Convergence Center about 
doing jail support.

Chuck0

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