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.

[edit]

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.