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(en) US, Boston: Lucy Parsons Center Visited by the Secret S ervice

From Class Against Class <smash_rich_bastards@yahoo.com>
Date Tue, 11 Nov 2003 11:32:39 +0100 (CET)


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On Friday, November 7, an agent from the Secret Service paid a visit to the
Lucy Parsons Center, a long-time radical* bookstore and infoshop in Boston.
Earlier in the week the bookstore received a suspicious piece of mail allegedly
sent from the bookstore and containing questionable material. The Secret
Service acting on “intelligence reports” was investigating this mail which had
been reported to the National Lawyers Guild, but not to the Secret Service.
Whether this was an isolated incident, or the beginning of a larger campaign
of harassment and intimidation (leading up to next summer¹s Democratic
National Convention, which will be held in Boston) is not known
to us at this point.

The Lucy Parsons Center had nothing to do with
producing or disseminating these images. We assume it
is the work of provocateurs looking to both disrupt
the daily operations of our bookstore, and also
intimidate members of Boston’s radical community by
instigating a campaign of federal harassment,
surveillance, and intelligence gathering. Although
these claims may seem an over-reaction, the workings
of the Governments security apparatus--as revealed
through the exposure of the FBI’s COINTELPRO
operations--place them within a demonstrated realm of
behavior.

We are currently in contact with the National Lawyers
Guild, and preparing for the worst. We will continue
to send out statements as new developments arise.

In solidarity,

Lucy Parsons Center Collective
549 Columbus Avenue
Boston, MA

* [Ed. Note: Long time anarchist/antiauthoritarian center]




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