Don Ryan posted that he was attacked. He is a confused, angry man. He is also a very violent man. He picked me up by my coller and screamed that he would beat me if I touched him. I covered the camera view when he started angrily taking pictures of people who asked not to be photographed. In fear of his camera being damaged I assume, he brought it back sharply and hit himself in the face with his camera. He then started to attack me and lifted me off the ground. I put my arms out in passiveness."Your the violent one. We aren't violent here." I tried to explain to the madman. Several protestors came to my aid and got in between us. He then informed security I believe that he had been attacked. This sick, violent man SHOULD NOT be at protests where delicate situations may be disturbed by such iratic behavior, LUST FOR THE DOLLAR BILL.
Media makes me sick.
The media can often be much more violent in it's chaotic behavior than any police officer. I witnessed several people recieve broken bones by baton and rubber bullet shots at the Democratic Convention because the media wouldn't let the protest by while the police were informing the protestors that they had to clear the streets. The media had to get their pictures. People had broken ribs and hands because of this. Right before the police started to fire I pleaded with a camera man and a journalist to move, they pushed me and asked me whether or not I wanted my ass kicked. One nine year old girl was shot in between the eyes with a rubber bullet.
At the World Bank protests in DC last year a fox news reporter (Brian Wilson (yes the same name as the beach boys singer)) punched several protestors in the head and shoulders. Some of them were young and much smaller than him. HE fled into police lines from the confrontation.
I advice everyone to never let the media bully you for THEIR dollar, because that IS what almost all of them care about. They don't care if you are beaten or sent to jail. Their photographs can be taken away from the middle of confrontation. These photographs are usually used by editors for bias, sensationalism and anti-democractic anti-protestor stories, since most media is corporate owned. AP can be different but like all media they will NOT hesitate to CAUSE news. Like many high strung and angry journalists do.. It's a hard bussiness, they have to get good shots, so they sometimes create the chaos.
Dony boy is not welcome at any pro democracy, pro human rights, pro freedom rallies here in Portland. We get enough violence from the police.