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Free the St. Paul 8 and all political prisoners!

Here's a pretty old post from the blog archives of Geekery Today; it was written about 16 years ago, in 2008, on the World Wide Web.

These are video segments from a press conference hosted by members of the RNC Welcoming Committee and the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign. Several police agencies, ramrodded by the Ramsey County Sheriff’s department, staged massive pre-emptive raids against houses where activists were staying and against the RNC Welcoming Committee’s convergence space. Many of the imprisoned protesters continue to be held without charges. Many have been abused by their jailers, including a woman being knocked to the ground and dragged by her hair, several protesters being denied prescription or over-the-counter medications for serious medical conditions, and a 19-year-old activist named Elliot Hughes, who was beaten and tortured for over an hour because, according to the Ramsey County Sheriff’s department, he was being verbally disruptive.

Ramsey County prosecutors have formally charged eight members of the Welcoming Committee with conspiracy to riot in furtherance of terrorism. If convicted, the St. Paul 8 face up to 7 1/2 years in prison. Affadavits filed by police informants who infiltrated the Welcoming Committee allege that members of the group sought to kidnap delegates to the RNC, attack police officers with firebombs and explosives, and sabotage airports in St. Paul. These allegations have not been corroborated by any physical evidence or any other evidence independent of the testimony of police infiltrators. Members of the RNC Welcoming Committee held a press conference together with the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign in order to respond to these charges and to discuss violence against imprisoned protesters by police and jailers.

In related news, William Gillis is my fucking hero.

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  1. Nick Manley

    I liked finding out what William sounds like.

  2. Bunty

    It’s interesting that the GOP are funding the first $10 million “in damages and unlimited legal costs for law enforcement officials accused of brutality, violating civil rights and other misconduct.”

    Admittedly it looks like they were pressured into doing so by the mayor, but even so it’s rather like awarding them a get out of jail free card in advance: allowing them to be as cavalier as they like and start making scattershot ‘preventative’ arrests on sus, etc.

    As long as they don’t actually kill anyone, or do anything else that would result in more than /just money/ being at stake, then they’re covered.

  3. Jerry Alexander

    These low IQ cops have no price to pay for anything they do. They do what they are told to do,and that’s if. Ask them to use their own minds,they will babble. How do their kids feel about what they are doing to America?…let’s – show & tell – them,the kids. These type cops are very SICK IN THE HEAD. Do they live near you?

  4. Discussed at radgeek.com

    Rad Geek People’s Daily 2008-09-11 – This is what a police state looks like. (Part 3 of ???):

    […] GT 2008-09-05: Free the St. Paul 8 and all political prisoners! […]

· December 2008 ·

  1. Discussed at radgeek.com

    Rad Geek People’s Daily 2008-09-07 – In fifteen words or fewer: On Blaming the Victim:

    […] GT 2008-09-05: Free the St. Paul 8 and all political prisoners! […]

— 2009 —

  1. Nick Manley

    Darian Worden wrote this:

    Recently in the USA,

    St. Paul, MN police are still on the lookout for anarchist types, using video footage obtained at anti-RNC actions for evidence. They appear to have ransacked a Macalester dorm room and seized political literature. According to a firsthand account,

    The police were extremely thorough, going through every part of my room, every single book and CD. They took a copy of the communist manifesto, a copy of the book Dancing in the Streets, a number of anti-war flyers and stickers, a guide to the organizing behind the Seattle WTO protests, a copy of the rebel workers organizing handbook, and attempted to take an ink drawing before I pointed out that it did not constitute “anarchist material”, and thus not covered by the search warrant. I was given a receipt for these items, and the police left my room in a state of complete disarray.

    Elsewhere, some libertarian activists are very offended at a recent Missouri law enforcement agency report that associates them with right wing terrorists, and equates the anti-tax film America: From Freedom to Fascism with the Neo-Nazi novel The Turner Diaries.

  2. Discussed at radgeek.com

    Rad Geek People’s Daily 2009-03-28 – It doesn’t take much imagination.:

    […] were labeled terrorists or insurgents for their defensive actions, and routinely killed or captured and tortured by the foreign troops on our land. Imagine that the occupiers’ attitude was that if they just […]

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