Sweeping police raids are being reported around Minneapolis today, in the run-up to the Republican National Convention. Dozens of people thought to be potential protesters are being singled out for harassment and, in some cases, threatened at gunpoint.
Apparently the Bush administration’s “free speech zones” weren’t Orwellian enough.
update: The following comment was just left by Bob Krzewinski of the Washtenaw County chapter of Veterans For Peace. I thought that it deserved to be up here on the front page:
I was at the Veterans For Peace national convention on Saturday, held south of St. Paul, Minnesota at a Ramada Inn, and all through the day, squads of police drove to the hotel and were doing “walk throughs” of the convention (the largest was a group of 20). Also at the hotel were a large number of Iraq Veterans Against The War (IVAW), some who just returned from Denver where they held an march without a permit right up to the Democratic convention site.
Apparently the police here in Minnesota were trying to send a message to the IVAW members here that they perhaps out to think twice about trying to do a march to the Republican convention site, which the IVAW, and Vets For Peace, are planning on doing on Monday.
This is really pretty sick when you have the powers to be in government trying to harass a group of vets, many of them combat veterans, who when they first joined the military, had to raise their hands and promise to defend the Constitution, which includes the right to freedom of speech.
Veterans For Peace – Washtenaw County Chapter
Sounds like China during the Olympics, doesn’t it?