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Eight Activists Arrested During Pacifica Protest
by Media Alliance
Tuesday Jan 23rd, 2001 1:25 PM
Eight free speech activists were arrested on 1/23, during a civil disobedience protest against a Pacifica Radio board member.
For Immediate Release:

In an act of non-violent civil disobedience, eight free speech activists entered the San Francisco offices of the law firm Epstein, Becker, & Green, and refused to leave until EBG Attorney John Murdock resigns from the Pacifica Radio Board of Directors. The activists were arrested for trespassing. Another protest against Epstein, Becker, & Green is planned for 4PM today at 2 Embarcadero Center.
by Edison Carter
Tuesday Jan 23rd, 2001 6:00 PM
Without commenting on the Pacifica radio issue itself (on which I have no informed opinion), once again I must object to the deceitful bias present in the wrong use of terminology. Though I too suffer a sympathetic knee-jerk reaction in favor of any underdog protest effort, invading private property and forcibly refusing to leave is not "non-violent". Furthermore, when the law being broken - in this case trespassing - bears no relation to the issue being protested, "civil disobediance" is too generous a term to use to describe such action.

It's irrelevant tresspassing. Pure and simple. Though it doesnt involve bloodshed, it is still a form of assault and violence by the definitions which any civilized society would follow. This sort of protest action muddies the water of the issue to which it tries to attract attention, and thus becomes mired in mixed messages and self-defeat.

There's nothing wrong with "assault" if it's upon a deserving foe in a deserving manner. So let's stop playing, poorly, this silly game of pretending that low-grade violence is "peaceful" and just an act of "civil disobedience". Stop confusing the issues, stop trying to dress up your actions in the ribbons and bows of the pacifism *fad*, and maybe the public will finally start to catch on to the real issues here.

-Edison

by anonymous
Tuesday Jan 23rd, 2001 6:59 PM
thankfully, now that your condescending and self-important drivel is on this website for all to see, maybe we'll be educated and we won't do anything but sit at home and write letters to the editor that will never be published. when the pacifica board invades an office, changes the locks, and bars long-time employees from returning, is that also *violence*? but for some reason, no fucking police will come and do anything about that. go to hell. what is needed is stronger militancy in dealing with corporate powers that over-run any attempts we have at individual or community rights.

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