Thursday, January 13
They Don't Like It Up 'Em...
Remember the US Presidential campaign, when all those citizens were turned away from Bush rallies?. Or when the mother of the dead soldier who was arrested for daring to speak out?
Or the woman attacked and kicked by a rethug operative at the Republican Convention, while being restrained by 3 SS guards? On camera? The video is here if you want to see it.
Or even the illegal arrest and restraint of 277 legitimate protestors, again during the Republican Convention?
Remember also what the Right said then?
Freepers on the soldier's mother's arrest:
"Since this is coming from a network news source, I have to ask:
Oh, the humanity of Freepi, it does your heart good doesn't it? Now the boot is on the other foot, and they don't like it at all. From Newsmax:
"Christians Charged with 'Ethnic Intimidation' at Gay 'Outfest'
Oh the poor loves. what a bunch of lightweights. You don't know protest until you've been teargassed, videoed from all directions, and ridden down by mounted riot police armed with batons and shields (all of which I have at various times. And we had permits.) Friends of mine have been at Genoa, Nice and other protests and it's been much worse: one still suffers hearing loss from being batoned with great force by Italian riot police - and before anyone accuses him of being a leftwing loony, here was there in his capacity as a union officer, with the union's blessing, and paid for by his union, the biggest public service union in Britain (1.3 million members)as were many others of many nationalities from many other unions.
And what about what happened at the Genoa convergence centre, when sleeping journalists and activists were attacked by squads of armed carabinieri in the middle of the night for no reason, other than that they were dissenters. It's well documented.
Shut the fuck up, jeebus-freaks, you have no idea what abuse of power means. This is abuse of power.
It's not your livelihood being confiscated and ruined under the Patriot Act, not your children being excluded from school for exercising free speech, or you losing your job for daring to voice a contrary opinion to your boss. And you're not dead yet, your head deliberately broken like a smashed pumpkin by masked police in a Land Rover, like Carlo Giuliani was.
I should be beyond being surprised by the hypocrisy of the Right by now, but just when you think you've reached bottom, the lower they go.
11/28/2004 - 12/05/2004