PROTEST MASS ARRESTS

jacdon at SPAMearthlink.net jacdon at SPAMearthlink.net
Tue Aug 8 07:45:34 MDT 2000


EMERGENCY DEMONSTRATIONS TO DEMAND THE
IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF HUNDREDS OF
PRISONERS STILL IN JAIL IN PHILADELPHIA

When: 5 p.m.
Date: August 9
Where: Times Square in NYC (42nd St. and 7th Avenue)

An emergency demonstration will take place Wednesday, Aug. 9, at Times
Square in New York City to demand the release of hundreds of jailed
protesters who have been brutalized and held on exorbitant bails in
Philadelphia following the Aug. 1 demonstration against the
Prison-Industrial Complex and in support of  a new trial for Mumia
Abu-Jamal.

The protest, organized by the International Action Center, starts at 5
p.m.  An estimated 155 activists out of the more than 425 arrested
protesters are still in jail because they are unable to post their bail
ranging from $10,000 to $500,000.

"These prisoners have acted courageously in the face of brutal
treatment, heavy charges and outrageously high bails," stated Larry
Holmes, co-director of the International Action Center. "Their continued
incarceration not only flagrantly violates the rights of these
individuals it also serves as a test case for a new illegal police
strategy that aims at smashing the new anti-capitalist and anti-racist
youth movement that is sweeping the country." Holmes was also arrested
at the demonstrtions coinciding with the Republican National Convention
.

"The prisoners are engaging in a hunger strike against their
mistreatment. All those who believe in the right to protest free from
government sponsored repression and preventive detention must now
demonstrate our solidarity with these sisters and brothers. Maximum
pressure must be placed on the authorities and bright a spotlight must
be put on this miscarriage of justice," Holmes said.

The government started the strategy of preventive detention with sweep
arrests at April 15-17 demonstrations in Washington, D.C. More than
1,200 were arrested including a large number of people who were not
engaged in any civil disobedience. A Class Action lawsuit has been filed
by a coalition of progressive lawyers in Washington DC charging that the
government and police engaged in a far-reaching conspiracy to violate
the First and Fourth Amendment rights of protesters.

In addition to the Aug. 9 demonstration in New York City there will be
similar solidarity actions in cities throughout the United States on the
same day.
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39 W. 14th St., Suite 206, New York, New York 10011 * Tel: (212)
633-6646. www.iacenter.org







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