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(en) US, chicago, For the 3 chicago anarchists arrested at gay pride parade, funds needed

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Date Sat, 3 Jul 2004 06:29:14 +0200 (CEST)


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On Sunday, June 27, in Chicago's Boys Town neighborhood, the Gay Pride Parade
was set to begin. An anti-capitalist contingent initiated by groups within
the Chicagoland Anarchist Nertwork (CAN) was subversely participating too.
A religious extremist group of heterosexist fanatics invaded the parade,
attacking the marchers. In the ensuing moments, police arrested three
participants in the anti-capitalist contingent, each of whom were later
charged with two felony counts of aggravated assault on a "peace" officer
and resisting arrest, and one count each of misdemeanor reckless conduct. To
note that none of the bigots were arrested.

On Monday, June 28, at a 1:00PM hearing, bond was set for two of the
prisoners at $20,000 each, and the other's bond was set at $30,000 -- 10% of
each was required to walk, putting the total at $7,000.

The two younger hostages were released after area activists paid the
state-instituted ransoms, but funds are needed. The last arrestee has ben
physically abused multiple times since his arrest, including beatings in the
first detention facility at Addison and Halsted, and further bare-knuckle
fist beatings to the head and chest in three more instances at Cook County
Jail. He is a man of 51 years and has complained since the beatings of chest
pains, sores, increasingly difficult breathing and
mild dizziness.

After he is released, he will be met with food, hugs and required
medical attention. The charges are expected to carry over to a trial, in
which case there will be many court fees along the way.

Funds are needed!

Checks can be made payable to the Chicago Anti-Bashing Network (CABN),
a well-known area group very supportive of the anti-capitalist contingent,
and sent to:

Chicago Anarchist Defense Fund (CADF) PO BOX 478314 - 60647 Chicago,
Illinois

Legal support was being done by the Chicagoland Anarchist Network,
Chicago Anti-Bashing Network, Chicago Anarchist Defense Fund and Refuse &
Resist.

For more information, send e-mail to urbanguerrilla (at) lawyer.com or check
out the latest updates at www.chicago.indymedia.org

John


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