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(en) US, Barbed Wire Over Boston - and through the peaceful displays of the Really, Really Democratic Bazaar*

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Date Wed, 28 Jul 2004 14:55:28 +0200 (CEST)


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The green grass of the Boston Common, along with the civil
liberties of several thousand people were trampled today by
squads of police that continually marched, biked and cycled
around and through the peaceful displays of the Really, Really
Democratic Bazaar.
The green grass of the Boston Common, along with the civil
liberties of several thousand people were trampled today by
squads of police that continually marched, biked and cycled
around and through the peaceful displays of the Really, Really
Democratic Bazaar.

But this useless show of force indicates just how frightening the
world of ideas and alternatives is to a corrupt system starving
itself to death on a diet of war and vanishing natural resources.

Under the propagandized shield of "combating terrorism" and
"preventing violence", the growing security state seeks to protect
itself from the exploding numbers of the disenfranchised that will
inevitably rise against it.

And on the Boston Common, approximately 2500 people of all
flavors celebrated "another world is possible" while ignoring the
police. Live music on two stages, free haircuts, free massages,
free bikes, and free hugs were just several of the ways people
expressed their commitment to the creation of community and
the living protest to consumptive living.

Among the more compelling displays was a representation of the
Israeli apartheid wall and a car that gets 75mpg on vegetable oil.
Radical cheerleaders sang out exuberantly, and Seeds for Peace,
Food Not Bombs and the Frida Bus provided fed all those that
were hungry.

But those that champion sustainable alternatives to the current
system of war and exploitation face an increasing level of
harassment and disruption. At one point during the bazaar a
Coast Guard helicopter, machine gun sticking out of the open
hatch door, buzzed just several feet overhead of the event
attempting to drown out music and conversation. Groups
meeting to discuss protest plans were also harassed by circling
police helicopters.

State police in soft riot gear marched by, while bike cops
continually cut swathes through the bazaar itself. Local,state and
federal undercover agents stood out against the many black clad
anarchists (http://www.blackteasociety.org).

The history of Boston, its source as revolutionary hotbed, has
clearly been dismissed. The most striking example of this
memory failure is the prison pit known as the "free speech zone."
Stuck under a highway overpass with eight foot high steel fences
covered with plastic mesh and topped by black mesh and razor
wire, the free speech zones are an affront to the very idea of free
speech.

On Monday, a group of about 40 people sponsored by the Save
Our Civil Liberties Campaign
(http://www.saveourcivilliberties.org) performed a powerful street
theater action using black hoods and "Camp DNC" guards.
Drawing the comparison between the pit and similar facilities in
Iraq and Camp X-Ray Guantanomo Bay, Cuba, the event drew a
large amount of media and bystanders curious at the dramatic
play unfolding.
(http://boston.indymedia.org/newswire/display/24450/index.php
and http://www.alternet.org/election04/19365/)

MSNBC called the creative action the "worst way" the
Democrats could start the week, and indeed no critique of the
protest pit has been raised inside the Fleet Center. Apparently the
Democrats are so desperate for an election victory, they're willing
to drop the Constitution along the way. This is just another way
the Democratic Party has become little better than the
Republicans and neocons they are trying to replace.

Another disturbing trend for the Boston DNC security is the use
of regular Army personnel for domestic policing. Unlike Georgia
where a "State of Emergency" was declared, this time both
national guard and regular military personnel have been placed
on the street and in the subways to search and police peaceful
citizens.

The use of regular military for domestic policing can only occur
under an executive order, this time signed and delivered in
secret. It's taken four years, but Bush Administration has finally
gotten the Posse Comitatus Act fully discarded without public
disclosure or discussion.

Despite visible and creative resistance in Boston to the corporate
take-over of government policy, civil liberties continue to fall
under siege. Where this erosion will end remains to be seen but
despite the siege - those who resist continue to assemble and
celebrate. The grass is greener, and untrampled, on the other
side.
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* [Ed. Note: Part of the antiauthoritarian anticapitalist
initiaive]


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