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Minutemen Car Hits 5 Protestors - 8 Felony Charges
Chican@ protestors + allies show fierce determination in the face of attempted murder by Minutemen and brutal suppression by police.
Minutemen Car Hits 5 Protestors - 8 Felony Charges
This is serious.
This is not an "objective" report - but a sketchy, ground eye view of
what occurred from someone bent on organizing - not reporting.
But I am writing from a place of rage tempered by a steely
determination. What I am writing is the truth.
It is important to note here that the LA Times story tonight is a
complete fabrication, and a transparent and racist attempt to
completely invert the story, so that Mexican-hunting Minutemen
vigilantes look like normal citizens and their crimes look like
frustrated outrage at Chican@ protestor's supposed excesses.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
We need to look this situation right in the eye.
The Minutemen are bloodthirsty fascist thugs and racists - potential
stormtroopers who are backed by the State and its police, and are an
important part of the growing Christian Fascist apparatus. What we saw
tonite was an effort at the outright brutal suppression of the Chican@
People - up to and including attempted murder.
What unfolded tonight amply demonstrates that point.
A Minuteman supporter was able to walk free for almost three quarters
of an hour after what some termed an attempted murder of protestors,
while innocent people on the other side of the line were snatched up
in brutal surgical police strikes.
But for hours, the people didn't bend an inch. They only gave ground
when met with overwhelming force - and even then, they held the line
until having their ranks cut in two twice by baton wielding rioters in
Three hundred protestors - overwhelmingly young and Chican@ (again,
like in Baldwin Park, our white Left "allies" were in scant supply) -
gathered tonite in Garden Grove determined to take on the Minutemen.
We outnumbered the racist vigilante wannabes three to one.
Not the ten to one we had in Baldwin Park to shut down the Save Our
State fascists ten days ago, but not bad. Especially not bad for a
protest behind the Orange Curtain.
Police had cordoned off the entire area - leaving only one driveway
open for cars manned by the Terminator's "exemplary citizens" to enter
the compound where the gun toting Mexican-hunter Jim Gilchrist was to
Early in the evening - contrary to the LA Times "report," which set
the event at the end of the evening, hours after it occured - and
which claimed protestors had, in effect, provoked being run over by
trying to stop cars leaving the event, protestors were marching across
that driveway when, just before dusk, a Minutemen supporter wheeled in
from the street without stopping - striking at least five people, two
of who were taken to the hospital.
The driver struck the people with a dark green Dodge Caravan, license
plate number 4KVE303.
Intitially - for a period of some 45 minutes - NO ONE WAS ARRESTED for
this crime, while paramedics bent over the two who remained down. One
man had blood on his clothing, but apparently was later released from
A young Asian woman said that what shocked her was the absolute force
of the vehicle as it blew her to the ground. She and a friend were hit
by the side of the vehicle - which did not stop. She said she yelled
to her friend to move his feet, and that the rear wheels missed
running over their feet by mere inches.
A visibly shaken white woman - a member of Global Women's Strike -
later filed charges against the driver for striking her with the car,
as protestors gathered outside the police station to demand the
release of those arrested. One policeman was overheard trying to
convince her that the incident might have been an "accident."
National Lawyer's Guild observers took statements from many witnesses.
Protestors chanted "Arrest the racists, not the people! and "Arrest
the driver." After word spread that the driver had at last been taken
into custody - only to be charged mere assault and battery - a
misdemeanor, protestors chanted "Assault with a deadly weapon!"
Nothing could quiet the righteous sense of outrage and determination
of the protestors in the face of such intense violence and smug and
filthy indifference to justice.
After it became clear that we weren't backing down an inch the police
told a National Lawyer's Guild observer that the driver would be
charged with assault with a deadly weapon, after all. That remains, of
course, to be seen. One thing's for sure - you won't see any headlines
about Minutemen "terrorists."
A handful of the racist stormtrooper wannabes stood behind the police
lines taunting and mocking the protestors even as their comrades lay
stricken on the concrete, waving an American flag and doing their best
to act jaunty and smug. One of these clowns - something of a Gilchrist
look alike - wore an oversized black cowboy hat and an amazingly gaudy
American flag tie with a black leather cowboy vest. Media interviewed
him while our camaradas lay on the ground.
In the meantime, Garden Grove Police showed no such slowness in
arresting protestors. One Chicano man - a MEChA leader - was standing
with his back to the police and among the peaceful protestors during a
momentary lull in the events, when an arm suddenly shot out from
behind him in the crowd, grabbing and pulling him back across the
police line, where he disappeared from sight until he was later seen
cuffed and being shoved into a police van in a nearby parking lot.
This man was charged, according to a police sargent, with a felony, as
were seven others being held.
In another brutal strike riot pigs swept in from behind the crowd,
swinging batons beating him and threatening the crowd with pepper
spray, to sieze a single man - apparently an anarchist, who had been
doing nothing at all, according to several witnesses. Beautifully,
many of those around him stepped forward, not back and away from the
batons and spray, to defend him, one woman reaching for him from
behind a cop and from between his feet.
By the time the Nazi-fest was over, protestors blocked both exits,
ready for what might come. Only when protestors were forced back by a
line of helmeted cops on horseback were the MinuteNazis able to exit,
after a delay of some 15 minutes or more.
However its reported, tonight was a victory for the Chican@ People and
our brave Asian and white allies. The Minutemen showed the desparation
and tactical stupidity that underlies their empty bravado and swaggering.
The police, while surprising no one, made it abundantly clear that
their allegiance and service lies with the neo-Nazis in the White
House and the Governor's Mansion and with the Minutemen.
And our People made it clear that we will not go quietly - that we
will fight with complete determination to drive the fascists out, and
back, no matter what it takes.