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(en) US, NYC, MEDIA: [smygo] NYPD Shadows 56 "Primary Anarchists"

From Dan Clore <clore@columbia-center.org>
Date Thu, 19 Aug 2004 07:25:47 +0200 (CEST)


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NYPD to Shadow 56 Protesters Believed Most Dangerous By Marcus Solis
(New York-WABC, August 18, 2004) -- An Eyewitness News
exclusive -- details on the incredible lengths the NYPD is
taking to keep the most radical protestors expected at the
Republican Convention under control.
Marcus Solis reports from Madison Square Garden.
While international terrorism remains a concern, this
operation's focus is primarily on anarchists, and how they
plan to disrupt the convention. This week the NYPD began
instructing officers on intelligence on this threat. They
also began doling out assignments, and for hundreds of
officers that means surveillance work that will begin next week.

And it starts for them with a trip out of town.

The debriefings have been taking place at John Jay College
and the Police Academy. Inside, the NYPD's intelligence
division is outlining security plans for the upcoming
Republican National Convention.

The big concern: the anarchist groups which disrupted the
W.T.O conference in Seattle in 1999, and who have threatened
to do the same here. Sources say the NYPD has identified 56
primary anarchists who will be followed 24 hours a day. One
supervisor and six cops will be assigned to each person.

Sources say detectives are leaving this weekend for Boston,
Washington D.C., North Carolina, and California to begin
surveillance and tail the protestors as they travel to New York.

Sources also say the department is preparing for protestors
in Central Park, convinced many demonstrators will descend
on the Great Lawn on Sunday, August 29th, regardless of
whether a permit is granted.

Another concern are small explosions set off in Midtown,
aimed at diverting manpower away from the convention site.
Police have already been holding drills where cops simulate
a coordinated response called a surge.

Much of the intelligence has come from NYPD cops who have
infiltrated various protest groups. Sources say for nearly
two years, as many as 20 cops have been meeting with,
traveling with, and secretly reporting on the activists' plans.

On Thursday, the department will demonstrate training the
training that officers are receiving in arrest tactics. That
is for uniformed officers, but the bulk of the undercover
work is to be handled by the department's narcotics officers.

--
Dan Clore


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