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The Sushi Bandit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-27-08 06:26 PM
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No water or toilets at Denver's "Freedom Cage"
http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news/2008/aug/27/no-water-or-potties-freedom-cage/

The vast unused Freedom Cage for protesters at the Pepsi Center has no water or toilets in apparent violation of a federal judges order.

The Secret Service and other government officials also had assured the judge that most delegates would be walking past the protest area on their way to the convention, but none do, said Mark Silverstein, legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union.

In fact, the protest area, now known as the Freedom Cage, is so remote and disengaged from the convention that few protesters are using it.

But those who do have to leave in search of water or toilets.

U.S. District Judge Marcia Krieger issued an order Aug. 6 that set conditions for the protest zone and resolved an ACLU lawsuit against the city and U.S. Secret Service over security restrictions.

Page 10 of the order states: Water stations and sanitary facilities will be provided within the zone.

However, the nearest portable toilet is a block and a half away. The nearest water is a single water fountain with two spigots for filling bottles that is rigged up on a fire hydrant a block away from the demonstration zone.

There are no signs directing people in the demonstration where to go for toilets or water. The toilets and water station are not visible from the demonstration zone.

Silverstein said the zone does not reflect what the judge was told by the city and Secret Service.

Judge Krieger relied on assurances that the city would provide water and sanitation facilities at the demonstration zone and theyre not, he said. Its just one more thing making it inhospitable for protesters. Its so desolate there that no one wants to use it.

He said the site also contradicts what Krieger was told about the location of the site.

The whole idea was that it was supposed to be within sight and sound of delegates who would be walking on this path by the demonstration site to the convention. None of the delegates are walking on that path.

Silverstein said the Secret Service told Krieger that a majority of delegates would be walking on this path to the Pepsi Center.

They dont, he said.

And you cant even see the Pepsi Center from the protest zone, which is more than 700 feet from the Pepsi Centers front doors and obstructed from view by a media tent, Silverstein said.

While Krieger did not specifically order that water and bathrooms be provided, Silverstein said, her order states that these would be provided because thats what the city and Secret Service told her during the trial.


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Solly Mack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-27-08 06:28 PM
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1. K&R
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buff2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-27-08 06:30 PM
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2. I say let the Freeptards
bring their own toilets. They really don't deserve a DAMN thing.
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biermeister Donating Member (425 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-27-08 07:22 PM
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4. poem attributed to Pastor Martin Niemller
When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.

When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.

When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.

When they came for the Jews,
I remained silent;
I wasn't a Jew.

When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out.

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norepubsin08 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-27-08 11:41 PM
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5. It's not just the nutbag repukes
that are there protesting, but some of our own people (IVAW for example) are out there fighting for your rights..they need the water and toilets! Besides if the fucking Secret Service can get away with it here, they sure as hell can make things miserable for the progressive protesters in St. Paul with out another glance. It also means that when we protest some where else where there isn't the world press around the corner-we're seriously screwed.
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Goldom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-27-08 06:42 PM
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3. For what it's worth...
the media tents don't have running water or toilets either :P
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bertman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-28-08 01:39 PM
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6. Is there any way someone could be held accountable for not following the judge's directive?
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