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(en) US, Raleigh, NC. Two cities one demo in North Carolina, an Autonomist account.

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Date Fri, 27 Feb 2004 08:49:59 +0100 (CET)

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Feb. 21 Goldsboro NC, around 300 migrant laborers and
anti-racist activists demonstrated for immigrant rights. The
protest was organized by the Farm Labor Organizing Committee
(FLOC) and Black Workers For Justice (BWFJ). The FLOC is
currently sponsoring a boycott of Mt Olive pickles in in hopes of
winning a contract to protect the rights of migrant field laborers.
BWFJ organizes environmental justice, health care, and social
justice campaigns, and works closely with UE150 eastern North
Carolinas most active union. The demo was also attended by
members of groups like Peace Down East, Coalition Against
Racism, Wilson Labor Council, UFCW International Union, and
Teamsters Local 39

The demonstration was held to draw attention to the plight of
migrant workers in NC. Here many remain undocumented, and
many are blackballed illegally by the states commission that
oversees that process. Also many are unable to obtain a drivers
license. Not to mention the terrible conditions, low pay, and
intimidation in the fields. Workers have died because of employer
and government negligence and the state government attempts to
cover it up.

Beatriz Maya, FLOC's national director of education and a leader
in the struggle for amnesty warned, that "oppressive working
conditions and miserable wages will not end by winning

"We know who our enemy is," Maya states. "It's not la Migra, the
government, or even the Congress who are simply agents of
certain interests. It's the corporations that profit from the suffering
and death of workers like Mt. Olive Pickle and Smithfield
Packing. We must be smart and use this struggle to organize and
educate to fight in our workplaces."

Meanwhile in solidarity with the FLOC demo around 40 ARA* and
AFA* demonstrators took to the streets of Raleigh, the North
Carolina state capitol, that morning. ARA/AFA supporters and
other groups of protesters made their way to the North Carolina
capitol complex. Some with the expressed intention of prohibiting
the fascist demonstration scheduled for that day, and others
intending to show opposition without infringing on the fascists'
right to organize and spread their vile message of hate.

The fascists and their police escort awaited the arrival of the
hoped for 50 fascist demonstrators. (20 of which never arrived)
They suddenly found themselves in a mask clad intervention. To
the sound of bass drum 40 activists preceded by plywood banners
descended upon the intersection from which the fascists had
planned to begin their march. After a brief scuffle with police a
standoff ensued. The standoff lasted an hour, postponing the
fascist demo until police reinforcement could arrive. Eventually
the police had to escort the fascist demonstrators in a Wake count
sheriffs van to the capitol grounds.

By that time the crowd of 40 had grown to about 250. The crowd
moved as best it could given the climate of escalation (including
the introduction of gas equipped riot cops in full Darth Vader gear)
to prevent the fascist's entering the barricaded capitol complex. At
this time there were about 150 police, sheriffs, state troopers, and
swat. After struggling with mounted police the crowd found itself
cordoned behind barricades faced by police.

The fascists proceeded to spew their filth, while student activists
pleaded for protesters to follow them to their permitted rally zone
to stand in silence. The 30 deep fascist protest proceeded for the
remaining hour of it's permit drowned out by the boisterous
protest of around 800 counter-demonstrators. Meanwhile various
dubious anti-fascist deeds occurred, too shrouded in mystery for
even the shrewdest of anti-racist reporter to discern. At one point
though a blue van a few fascists had arrived in could be seen
barreling down the street followed by a masked figure and several
police. Temporary autonomous ones popped up here and there,
and cat and mouse with riot cop and helicopter went unseen.
Certain areas remain liberated and can be found by decrypting
hieroglyphs stenciled by unseen hands.

By the end of the day a few misdemeanors cuts and scrapes and
one broken collarbone were the only damages suffered by
ARA/AFA. Damn, I feel good. I'd trade it for a meeting any day,
dehydration and all.

Link: http://nc.indymedia.org
posted by North Carolina Autonomist on infoshop.org
* [Ed note: Anti authoritarian anti capitalist groups.]

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