Re: WTO the rampage!

Karee Swift (
Thu, 2 Dec 1999 21:07:36 -0800

Not gassed is right. Given the fact that a group expected to be
arrested, -arrest- them. IT troubled me that cops when given such easy
targets (there isn't an issue of destruction, violence or inevitable fear
for life) choose to be quite brutal.

Your prior example of the outside suburbs being attacked by the cops
explains that quite clearly.
-----Original Message-----
From: Robert S. Thau <>
To: Karee Swift <>
Cc: <>
Date: Thursday, December 02, 1999 7:21 PM
Subject: Re: WTO the rampage!

>One further note:
>Karee Swift writes:
> > What was most disconcerting on the end of the cops was the force
used to
> > arrest/remove _peaceful_ protesters. There is something inately wrong
> > this picture. Granted, the news is all second hand, but for most
> > peaceful usually denotes that laws aren't being broken --
>In fairness to the police, this isn't true. Some of the nonviolent
>tactics which the protesters were planning to use included forming
>human chains blockading some of the WTO meeting sites. This is
>illegal activity, peaceful or not, and they were expecting to be
>arrested for it (in fact, they'd trained for it) --- but not gassed.