[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 theyve 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!
to Stop FBI Repression
522 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
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