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(en) USA, Batavia IL Sit-In Against Speaker of the House

From "Joe R. Golowka" <joeg@ieee.org>
Date Sat, 28 Sep 2002 22:45:09 -0400 (EDT)


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On Thursday, September 26th, a rally an sit-in was held against Dennis 
Hasert's office in Batavia opposing the war against Iraq and delay in 
the Resolution giving President Bush carte blanc to attack Iraq. 
Denniss Hastert is a member of the U.S. house of representatives and 
Speaker of the House; the third most powerfull person in the US 
government.  About 150 people showed up for the rally from all across 
Illinois and 11 people were part of the sit-in.  Most present were white 
liberal reformists, but there were also more radical participants 
(including anarchists).  Those who sat-in met with the staff to explain 
our position, with one eventually leaving voluntarily and 10 forcibly 
ejected (having gone limp) by the police when they resorted to singing 
having announced they would not leave until heard that the Speaker had 
agreed to our demands.  They were prepared to be arrested and had agreed 
on bail solidarity (no bail), but, as it turns out, a group of 4 or 5 
police came and simply threw (dragged) them out.  No one was injured in 
the process.

-- 
Joe R. Golowka

"The very existence of the State demands that there be some privileged 
class vitally interested in maintaining that existence. And it is 
precisely the group interests of that class that are called patriotism." 
- Michael Bakunin


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