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(en) US, Boston, Operation Over: Direct Action Against Four Recruitment Centers

Date Tue, 21 Mar 2006 15:13:15 +0200


Anti-War ActivismOperation: Over Takes Direct Action Against
Four Recruitment Centers in Boston, Redecorates Streets and
Vehicles. On Monday, March 20, Operation: Over marked the third
anniversary of the invasion of Iraq with direct action against four
military recruitment centers throughout downtown Boston.



They included the Tremont Street Recruitment Center and three
Reserve Officer Training Corps at Northeastern University, Boston
University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The protesters blocked the entrances to the four military recruitment
centers and transformed the sidewalk into a collage of messages
such as "100,000 Dead for what?", "Military recruiters out of our
schools," "Death zone," and "Recruiting the poor to die for the rich."
Protesters also drew chalk body outlines to represent the dead, both
Iraqi and American.

"We wanted to make sure nobody forgets that both Iraqi civilians
and American soldiers are dying everyday," said one activist.

During the festivities, protesters talked to passersby about their
feelings on the continuing war. Some stopped and talked, others
watched and applauded the efforts of the demonstrators, and some
walked by, unconcerned. "It was heartening to see how many people
opposed the war and the presence of military in institutions of
education," said another protester.
At one point, activists were accosted on their bikes in the middle of
the Massachusetts Avenue bridge by police officers in an unmarked car.
Six were detained, and refused to cooperate or give any identification.
One officer then grabbed and assaulted one of the activists.

After 20 minutes of harassment, the police gave up, and protesters
continued on to the MIT ROTC and Tremont Street Recruitment
Center to resume their demonstrations.

Meanwhile, some activists rode their bikes all over Boston
distributing modified "Support Your Troops" ribbons. Over 200
ribbons were collected, spray-painted black and inscribed with the
message "100,000 Dead" accompanied by a peace sign.

"We wanted to show that for some people, life isn’t just
'business as usual': our Iraqi sisters and brothers are being killed
everyday. The ribbon is also a popular symbol of commodified
patriotism: we wanted to transform that into a somber reminder of
the consequences of such blind national allegiance," said one of the
distributors.

All actions were a part of the Operation: Over campaign of direct
action against the war. The campaign was kicked off in January by a
network of anarchist youth and students in and around Boston.

More pictures and past actions: http://operationover.freeyouth.net
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