Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login
Google

So... we had a demonstration. Experienced protestors answer me! :p

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » The DU Lounge Donate to DU
 
neverborn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 09:07 PM
Original message
So... we had a demonstration. Experienced protestors answer me! :p
We had a demonstration against CAT for their sales to Israel here in Peoria, IL. (Our town's largest demonstration was a 20 people anti-war protest before this.) We had people from as far away as Philadelphia come join us. We had over 350 people there. We had cleared this all with Peoria Police.

Outside CAT HQ were 10+ cops, full riot gear, rubber bullet guns/nightsticks in hand, Kevlar vests, face guards, riot shields, etc.

I'm now told there were snipers at the ready on top of various buidlings. State police also followed the Chicago guys down to Peoria.

Is there normally this big of a police involvement in these things? :x

Pics will be up soon!

Oh, and ask me anything.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
xray s Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 09:17 PM
Response to Original message
1. It's called spend it or lose it
The Fed's are giving cash to the states and local communities to keep their eyes open for "terra'ists". So...they will spend that money any way they can in order to get more funding next year. Hense, police overkill at your peaceful demonstration.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
porkrind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 09:18 PM
Response to Original message
2. Snipers? WTF?!?
That's way over the top! Uncalled for! Now you demonstrators need to write and call papers and news stations to complain about snipers being at a lawful demonstration. This is outrageous! :wtf:

BTW, good job demonstrating!
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
liberalhistorian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 09:49 PM
Response to Reply #2
6. Unfortunately, most "Murikans are
Edited on Sat Apr-24-04 09:50 PM by liberalhistorian
so mind-numbed and deaf and blind now that they either won't care at all or they'll think it was a good idea to "send those people a message."

Although it happened 34 years ago, I think my sig line is especially appropriate for today and this thread.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
neverborn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 09:55 PM
Response to Reply #6
8. True =/
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
cmd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 09:21 PM
Response to Original message
3. Normal if the president is in town
But not normal for a protest like that. The only time I saw a huge police presence was at the Labor Day rally where Bush* spoke. There were lots of Secret Service and local police. No riot gear, but one mean looking police dog. I'm guessing that there were snippers on the roofs in the area. I didn't look.

Last Thursday at Diebold there were campus security agents. It sounds like the Peoria police over reacted. Perhaps they wanted to try out their new gear.

I'll be watching for the pics.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
chaska Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 09:30 PM
Response to Original message
4. Jesus Christ! What the hell is that all about?
Most definitely NOT normal. Everybody spread this around. There is something bad wrong with that? What the hell is going on with CAT, or Ill, or whatever? There's some major mileage for the cause to be gained from this. Man your keyboards.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
neverborn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 09:44 PM
Response to Reply #4
5. What can I do to help?
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Rar Donating Member (8 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 10:32 PM
Response to Reply #4
10. I can only think of one thing
I also was at the protest, and I'm also confused about the police presense. It just didn't feel right.

Not only the fact that they were there, but the attitude they carried. Most of them had thier nightsticks in thier hands, ready to quell the slightest uprising.

It's almost like they WANTED us to get violent just so they could beat some hippy protesters.


The thing is, CAT is pretty much Peoria's lifeblood. If CAT were to fall, Peoria might soon fall after. It could be very likely that the police were just trying to protect thier own, but they went WAY WAY overboard.



Side note: Whenever you go to a protest, bring sunscreen. I am burnt to hell!
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
jimshoes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 09:52 PM
Response to Original message
7. Friendly folks from Blackwater perhaps?
There was a blurb on their web page of services provided. I think they offered this particular service. Can't say for sure if it was them though.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
neverborn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 10:02 PM
Response to Reply #7
9. Was Peoria police...
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
DU AdBot (1000+ posts) Click to send private message to this author Click to view 
this author's profile Click to add 
this author to your buddy list Click to add 
this author to your Ignore list Fri Aug 22nd 2014, 02:50 PM
Response to Original message
Advertisements [?]
 Top

Home » Discuss » The DU Lounge Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators


Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC