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AP reporter ATTACKS protestor!

AP reporter falsly claims on this site to be the victem.
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.
speak for your self ....not for me 24.Jul.2001 22:46

xoxo

As far as I am concerned Dony Boy is welcome where ever he chooses to be. I was at the demo at Pioneer square, walked down to our world trade center and it was great.
I should also say that I am a 36 year old female and resent
others speaking for me. I will not create enemies where is non, nor will I stay quiet.
I left soon after the letter was delivered to building security and they were caught in their lies regarding the appointment that made earlier in the day.

I do not want to be singled out and filmed, I don't want to be around people
when it is possible thier acts don't speak for me. So I left. It is my opinion that if people don't want to be filmed they should not dress up all in black with kerchiefs over their face screaming in the street, carrying flags.
I don't act like that and the media could not be more disinterested in me, but I go and my body is in the street, in solidarity with the issues that matter to me... If they don't want to be filmed, they should not put themselves in or around those situations. I was willing to be in the street to voice my outrage regarding the horror that happened in Italy. I was not willing to lend support
to what happened afterwards. I heard the helicopters and the sirens and stayed away, those in the street after the event don't speak for me. This incident with the AP photographer happened 1 or 2 hours after the
letter/petition was delivered and after the majority of the marchers had left (if there where 200 hundred at the march and only 50 in the street when the "man" got out of hand, you can do the math).
I wonder at the motives of people who straggle after an event of solemn importance and weight, and play a hand in a
mean-spirited street fight, giving a chance for the media
to report the "horrible street fight" and not the "outraged citizens calling for accountability". but thats just me....

march events 25.Jul.2001 11:01

Deva drdartist3@home.com

<<<I was not willing to lend support to what happened afterwards. >>>

Since you were not there, how do you know what happened afterwards? What do you base that on?

<<<I heard the helicopters and the sirens and stayed away, those in the street after the event don't speak for me. This incident with the AP photographer happened 1 or 2 hours after the
letter/petition was delivered>>>

no, it did not. It happened right there when the letter was being delivered. It happened right in the trade center entrance. You are projecting your own bias onto the situation and misrepresenting it.

<<<and after the majority of the marchers had left (if there where 200 hundred at the march and only 50 in the street when the "man" got out of hand, you can do the math). >>>

<<<I wonder at the motives of people who straggle after an event of solemn importance and weight, and play a hand in a mean-spirited street fight,>>>

I wonder why you dont bother to get your facts straight. The anarchist youth who continued the march did a good job. There were a few tense moments in front of the justice center when the police were closing in, but they negotiated with the police, and everyone decided to return to Pioneer Square. Almost everyone was back in the Square where it would have ended, when the police needlessly and roughly arrested two people. One, Mike, was marching the whole way on the sidewalk, and crossing only at the green. He did absolutely nothing, but he is known by the police so they targeted him. The other man was arrested because he had the gall to suggest the police were being too rough with Mike. It was 3 police pressing Mikes face into the concrete and twisting his arms hard behind his back. They also put him roughly into the van.

We asked couple of the cops involved in the arrests for their names and badge numbers, but they refused to speak, except one jerk cop who sneered an ugly sneer and said, "Have a nice day"

The arrests angered everyone and we all ran back to the street and a confrontation ensued where one young womans foot was broken by the aggressive action of the police.

<<<giving a chance for the media
to report the "horrible street fight" and not the "outraged citizens calling for accountability". but thats just me.... >>>

an outraged citizen calling for accountability should also be outraged at the arrests on Monday. They were unwarranted, and the police only did so because their ego compels them to exert their power. The march would have ended right there if not for the police. You are wrong to blame the anarchist youth, because it was the violent immaturity of the police that initiated the conflict.

you say you do not lend support to what happened afterwards. . .so by that you accept and allow the police to falsely arrest people, you make it ok that a young woman had her foot broken by the police.

Even if you dislike the behavior of the anarchist youth, it is the police who are dangerous. . .and they are supposed to be mature public servants upholding the law. They are paid by your tax dollars to be so, and they are a crude mob. They do not care about the law, they were well past the bounds of law right in this case and that cop gleefully sneered at us when asked for his name and badge number which by law the arresting officers are required to give. They will exert their power as much as they can get away with. I looked in their eyes, and quite few of them would have loved to beat the crap out of all of us, just like the cops are doing to activists in italy.

hmm 25.Jul.2001 22:51

that's okay

Please don't attack someone for not wanting to be involved in a protest you are involved in. They left once the protest shifted gears. End of story. As their biases, you have biases of your own as to what happened. Some people may have had a more peaceful experience. I'm sorry that this had to happen. I'm sorry that you feel that every police officer you have met has been some egotistical pig, but that is your bias too.