Friday, November 28, 2003

No Wonder It Was So Peaceful…

From the South Florida (Ft. Lauderdale) Sun-Sentinel:

Activists say police stopped, detained and threatened hundreds of protesters; placed dozens of people and a few of their gathering spots under surveillance; and arrested many more demonstrators who were simply exercising their right to free speech. They say police used the need to deal with a small group of disruptive protesters to stifle dissent by thousands of others who came to Miami to speak out against the Free Trade Area of the Americas meeting.


Amnesty International, union leaders and other activists are asking for an independent investigation into the mounting allegations of police abuse.

They include Brenna Bell, an Oregon-based attorney with the National Lawyers Guild, who claims she was arrested while trying to obey police orders to disperse from a peaceful demonstration.

“If this is homeland security,” she said, “I’m not feeling very secure.”

Sounds pretty anti-American to me. Send ’em to Gitmo just to make sure.