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(en) US, Recap of Actions Against the Minutemen in Sacramento

Date Thu, 03 Nov 2005 18:08:13 +0200


On the morning of Saturday, October 29, the armed, racist,
anti-immigrant vigilantes of the Minuteman Project held a rally on the
steps of the state capitol in Sacramento. They were there to cap off
their month-long failure of a patrol along the border and to gather
signatures for the California Border Police initiative. The initiative
would create 2,000-3,000 paid positions for Minutemen in kop's clothing
to harass immigrant workers statewide.
With too many vigilantes already sitting inside the capitol, the idea of
even more gathering there didn't sit well with lots of people. From 10am
onward, more than 600 folks gathered to protest, speak out against,
disrupt and in general confront the Minutemen, the initiative, and
politicians backing both of them. The actions also took a firm stand
against borders and capitalism.

The crowd was incredibly diverse, with youth, those affected directly by
borders and the vigilantes, and working class people all present in
large numbers. Compare this to the hundred or so middle-aged white
people at the Minutemen rally and it was easy to see which side the
people were on.

After gathering at 15th and N, with food provided by Sacramento Food Not
Bombs, protesters marched to the area where the Minutemen were gathered
to give them their regards. On the way, they noticed recruitment flyers
put up by the National Alliance, a white supremacist group with ties to
the Minutemen. As expected, when the protesters arrived, one set of
racist vigilantes - the Minutemen - were being protected by another set
of racist vigilantes - the brown shirts (CHP) and the blue shirts (Sacto
PD). With whistles, megaphones, shouting and the Brass Liberation
Orchestra, the Minutemen were greeted with a wall of sound, along with
dozens of colorful banners and posters, and the breaking of a Minuteman
piñata. The kops arrested a protester for not getting out of the road
fast enough and brutalized him so bad they had to take him to the
hospital afterward.

People headed back to the rally area where a program of speakers, music
and poetry was happening. After a short time, hundreds regrouped to have
another go at the Minutemen and their kop allies. Part of a fence was
torn apart and stink bombs were thrown. This time the kops started
pushing the crowd back and charged them with mounted police. They
slammed a protester into the curb while arresting him and he too had to
be taken to the hospital. The trigger-happy pigs started shooting people
with tasers, including an individual who was shot while being held on
the ground. One protester fears he has broken ribs from police violence
and another vomited blood after she was jabbed in the stomach with a
police club. Several minutes of clashes occurred as many protesters
struggled back against the kops, but weren't nearly as well equipped as
the agents of repression.

The protesters stayed in front of the Minutemen rally until it ended and
heartily heckled those exiting. Later, jail support/solidarity occurred
outside the Sacto jail where two of the three people arrested were still
being held. One was released early Sunday morning and the other has been
charged with battery on a police officer and faces a $30,000 bail. He
has a court appearance on Tuesday, where supporters will be present.

Overall, the feeling was that the rally was a success. It was organized
by the Bay Area Coalition to Fight the Minutemen, Coalicion Deporten a
la Migra, the Zapatista Solidarity Coalition, the Sac.-Mexican American
Political Association, the Brown Syndicate, the Chicano Consortium and
others. People came from across the state to attend the counter-protest,
including the Bay Area, San Diego, Los Angeles, Modesto, Chico, Fresno,
and Santa Cruz.

Many good connections and working relationships were created and
existing ones were developed further. A strong message was conveyed to
the Minutemen that they will meet with resistance wherever they appear.
Protesters also made it clear that the Minutemen are just one
manifestation of the racist and classist capitalist system and that this
struggle did not begin and does not end with the Minutemen.

For more pictures see:
SF IMC: http://sf.indymedia.org/news/2005/10/1721346.php
Santa Cruz IMC:
http://santacruz.indymedia.org/newswire/display/18890/index.php

Contact the Bay Area Coalition to Fight the Minutemen at
stoptheminutemen@riseup.net <mailto:stoptheminutemen@riseup.net>.

To stay updated on the activities of BACFM, email
stopthemm-announce-subscribe@lists.riseup.net
<mailto:stopthemm-announce-subscribe@lists.riseup.net>.
<http://angrywhitekid.blogs.com/weblog>

From:
"Scott Campbell" <soupshow-A-hotmail.com>

(Written by a member of the Bay Area Coalition to Fight the Minutemen, a
coalition in which several SF Bay Area anarchist groups participate.)

This is posted online with photos here:
http://indybay.org/news/2005/10/1779577.php
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