[Ppnews] Call to free Anti-NATO protesters

Political Prisoner News ppnews at freedomarchives.org
Wed May 30 19:11:40 EDT 2012

Anti-NATO protesters held on terrorism charges, extreme bail

Call States Attorney Anita Alvarez

Demand all charges be dropped against anti-NATO protesters!
“Release them all now!”

Nine people continue to be held in jail in 
Chicago, arrested before or during the protests 
against the NATO summit, according to 
provided by the National Lawyers Guild.They face 
felony charges and even terrorism charges, while 
the NATO generals responsible for the deaths of 
tens of thousands have left town to return to 
their occupation of Afghanistan and plotting for their next war.

Of those still being held, five of them have been 
charged under a State of Illinois law passed 
after 9/11 that has never been used. The NATO 5 
were all targeted by undercover police officers 
exposed by the National Lawyers Guild. The agents 
went by the nicknames 

The NATO 5 were arrested without any evidence of 
their involvement in violence, other than the 
statements of undercover provocateurs. The first 
arrests took place in an unlawful police raid of 
a home on Wednesday night, May 16th, in which the 
police kicked in doors without presenting a 
warrant, beat up people, shackled protesters hand 
and foot, and then “disappeared” 11 people for up 
to 40 hours. The National Lawyers Guild and 
Occupy Chicago activists faced repeated denials 
by the CPD in their attempts to locate those arrested.

The remaining two were arrested several days 
later. Again, no evidence has been presented 
other than the statements of the undercover 
police. Both men were held longer than the 48 
hours required by law before being given access 
to use of a telephone or to speak with an attorney.

The other four still being held were involved in 
a protest action at the point which the police 
turned violent, causing over 70 injuries from 
baton blows, including many serious head 
injuries. Over 24 had to be treated at area 
hospitals for broken bones, knocked out teeth, 
concussions, and wounds requiring stitches or staples.

On top of the arrests and charges, the protesters 
are being held with outrageous bails: $1.5 
million for the first three facing terrorism 
charges; $750,000 and $500,000 for the second two 
charged under the same state terrorism law; and 
as high as $250,000 for the remaining men. Bail 
for one Chicago youth, Raziel Azuara is set at $150,000.

It is the Chicago Police Department that is 
responsible for the violence; and the CPD and the 
States Attorney are violating the law and the Constitution.

Charges of terrorism, pre-emptive raids and 
prosecution, charges based on entrapment, and 
violence against protesters are all standard 
procedure when the US government declares a 
National Special Security Event as they did with 
the NATO summit. These tactics were employed at 
the Republican National Convention in 2008, 
resulting in the cases of the RNC 8; the 23 
anti-war activists raided by the FBI and 
subpoenaed to a grand jury for investigation of 
support for foreign terrorists; and the current 
trial of Carlos Montes in Los Angeles. Now in 
Chicago they’ve added the element of excessive 
bail, as if the protesters were part of the 1%, rather than the 99%.

We must speak out against this repression. We 
know the charges against the anti-NATO protesters 
are false. All these prisoners should be free.

Call States Attorney Anita Alvarez
Demand all charges be dropped against anti NATO 
protesters! Release them all now!

In struggle –
Joe Iosbaker
to Stop FBI Repression

Freedom Archives
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San Francisco, CA 94110

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