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Scores Arrested at DNC Street Demo
by ex-Faultliners
Tuesday Aug 26th, 2008 12:28 PM
At least 100 people where arrested after police surrounded protesters at the anti-capitalist Everything for Everyone street action on Monday evening.

The anti-capitalist march started at Civic Center Park just after 6 p.m. Nearly 500 protesters were met with riot police using pepper spray in front of the Denver City and County Building, but protesters pulled a fast one and put the cops at their backs as they marched across the park to Colfax and 15th Street.

Outside of the Sheraton Hotel on 15th Street between Court Place and W. Colfax Avenue riot police formed lines at the end of both blocks trapping hundreds of non-violent protesters while well dressed DNC attendees looked down from hotel windows.

Police used pepper spray on peaceful protesters in order to, as the corporate Rocky Mountain News wrote on Tuesday, "gain the cooperation of protesters."

Riot police formed two circles around demonstrators, one on the 15th Street, the other on the adjacent sidewalk next to the Civic Center.

The anti-capitalist march was heavily infiltrated by undercover police officers wearing bandanas to cover their faces, in black bloc attire and filming crowds and individuals. As the police surrounded the protesters, they pulled out a number of undercover cops into the police lines. Undercover officers trailed protesters throughout the action and around the surrounding areas.

About 50 people who found themselves on the street where arrested and taken to a temporary holding facility set up by the Denver Police Department that activists have renamed "Gitmo on the Platte." At one point police arbitrarily released around 50 protesters from the street to the sidewalk police line.

More than 100 people held on the sidewalk were detained for nearly two hours as many outside of the police lines chanted "Let them go!" Police eventually released demonstrators on the sidewalk, but many preferred to stay inside the police lines to stand in solidarity with those arrested.

After the activists and riot police lingered on the streets in front of the Civic Center. Police targeted individuals and snatched them from the crowd. Arrests continued past 9 p.m. More than 100 people were taken into police custody by the end of the night.

Before the action, police pulled over a truck carrying banners, flags, and a pink-tank sound system that was successfully used during the Reclaim the Streets action on Sunday. Police confiscated the equipment, but released the driver and passenger.

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by watching
Tuesday Aug 26th, 2008 1:52 PM
Somebody wrote that John Timoney, the famous police chief who directed the violent Miami FTAA police riot and the Philadelphia RNC police, is in Denver as an advisor.

I thought I'd add a couple film clips I could find on youtube.

Here is a pretty violent arrest at the anticapitalist march involving horses. But... I'm sort of spooked by the fact that someone with the user name HoaxM3NOT has been uploading stuff called 'riot at the DNC' and he actually has footage of WTO Seattle intermixed in there. I can't tell what this really is.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwp9_diAVhY
(this is in Seattle. what the heck??) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVxAKqkhmkg

First, here is sort of a scene of people gleefully running through the park. I read that the police had suddenly become aggressive during the Food not Bombs meal immediately before, by suddenly snaking through the crowd and invading the area. Doesn't this give the impression that the police decided to suddenly drive them out of the park?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8s9OKTyw2E
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lh8B4R5p-sM


by repost
Tuesday Aug 26th, 2008 2:44 PM
In this blog posting, a witness says that a man who tried to run down the sidewalk was shot with rubber bullets or pepper rounds and then strongly hit in the head with the butt of one of the guns several times as he lay on the ground

http://www.ep.tc/intro-archive032.html