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from someone in pog.
3 people have confirmed as being arrested. It's estimated 25+ were pepper sprayed to varying degress. I couple people took full sprays to the face and one man was vomitting due to spray in his mouth and throat. Those arrested face charges of failure to disperse and one person a charge relating to interfering with an arrest. They will have hearings at either 10:30pm or 12:30 tonight. There are a couple people down at the county courthouse for solidarity and in case they need bail. It's been confirmed that one women arrested and severely pepper sprayed had a broken wrist prior to today. It's unknown if she was injured although she was heard screaming I have a broken wrist as her wrists were being twisted back rather forcefully.
We were less then 2 minutes from the location that we were planning on dispersing from. We had been marching for less then 13 minutes when the first arrest took place (we had told everyone we would be marching for 15 minutes). Not one single piece of property was moved or damaged. I'd like to ask people to keep that in mind when judging how those actions have impacted past events. It seems apparent we are in the middle of a crackdown on dissent. We must continue to stand up non-violently to the violence of the police. I think it was a mistake for us to obey the police commands to leave the street to begin with. I did so (like everyone else) because I believed that would avoid violence from the cops but it actually made it easier fro them to brutalize people. We were split up and they didn't have to deal with a critical mass of people standing together. They were again unwilling to arrest everyone due to our numbers. Perhaps everyone siting down would have worked in that situation? I don't know. The solidarity shown during the event was amazing. So many people attempted to help those who were injured or being arrested.
As far as route decisions. We went that way because the road-bridge to Squirel Hill had 35+ police on it with dogs and we had only planned on having a short march that looped back on the sidewalk to our starting location.
by 0 1 Sunday, Mar. 30, 2003 at 10:01 PM
Ok, so she has a broken wrist...so what? Maybe she shouldn't have risked getting arrested by participating in an unpermitted march? Oh well, maybe they'll hose her down while she's in jail.
I'm amazed only 1 person was arrested for interferring with an arrest...watching these videos makes it clear a few of these people could easily have been charged with assaulting a police officer. I highly recommend everyone watch them, as it's obvious many people were refusing to move to the sidewalk and many more were harrassing the cops for arresting people (here's a hint, you can NOT grab a police officers jacket while he's arresting someone.)
by -- Sunday, Mar. 30, 2003 at 10:06 PM
umm, how do you know she was in the street?
by 0 1 Sunday, Mar. 30, 2003 at 10:52 PM
How do you know she wasn't?
Either way, she was participating in an unpermitted march and as a "civdis" she needs to deal with it. It has a price.
We need to be loud about this permit shit
by kevin Monday, Mar. 31, 2003 at 12:25 AM
Its true that the corporate media have been rediculously biased in their reporting of our protests, the ch 11 6 o clock news in particular was rediculously propagandistic, especially juxtaposed with their coverage of the pro-war "support our troops" rally. The main problem in my eyes is a tendency to quickly explain away police overreactions. In this last march it was by emphasizing that the march was "unpermitted". Well, there is a reason it was unpermitted, because of the 45day requirement for march permits, which is clearly far less than the planning horizon for most of these marches and is rediculous in and of itself. We need to continue these marches but it needs to be clear that they are unpermitted because they have to be. I do think this is partially our fault in not getting that message across. These incidents need to be seen for what they are, extreme overreactions by police to completely legitimate expressions of our disgust with this imperialist war.
by Bill Monday, Mar. 31, 2003 at 12:33 AM
all you need is 72 hours for a permit in Swissvale...get you info. together
by jwg Monday, Mar. 31, 2003 at 2:46 AM
but the march was started and intended for Pittsburgh.
so swissvale is really irrelevant, really it is, I live here
On an unrelated note
by jwg Monday, Mar. 31, 2003 at 8:30 AM
I want to take an opportunity to thank the POG and march organisers on a job well done. It's extremely important what you kids are doing, and I for one appreciate the effort.
by Evan N Monday, Mar. 31, 2003 at 5:15 PM
good job guys - i'm extremely happy that no one chose to move property and shit, so the biased news report didnt have any "facts" behind its talking faces.