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Friday rally marchers demand: 'Send Kroeker back to LA!'

report from PPRC's post-A22 rally/march

The Portland Peaceful Response Coalition (PPRC) rally on Friday called attention to the previous day's events when a passionate but peaceful protest against visiting George Bush was marred by vicious police violence.

In a march on City Hall participants chanted, "Send Kroeker back to LA!" and "2-4-6-8, End the Police State!"

Most people in the crowd had felt the effects of the day's rubber bullet and pepperspray attacks, either up-close-and-personal, or by entering areas where the poison still hung heavy in the air.

Being the target of chemical weapons can tick people off, and the crowd on Friday, though small (about thirty people) was loud and energetic.

Many people felt that that Mayor Katz and Chief Kroeker are to blame for the inexcusable behavior of the police.

We let 'em know what we thought, chanting and giving a few yells outside City Hall.

Perhaps City Hall was the wrong place to bring this message, though. Do these two phrases (in the photo, above) actually go together?

Today's reward for institutionalized petty tyrrany goes to "Houston" of the Pioneer Square rent-a-cop brigade, who tried to get some of us to move along from the street corner after the rally. He claimed that there are no public sidewalks on that block, and that it is park "curb to curb". Some banal musical event of some sort was going on that night and most of the Square was fenced in. A loud sound system drowned out all other sounds. It was an obnoxious case of public space for private profit, such as happens too often in the Square. Naturally, we were asked to move along since we weren't participating in the consumer-fest. Fuck that noise. One of us really wanted to wait and see if he'd call a cop. So we hung out. Eventually, Houston gave up and walked away on his own, his bluff called. Ya gotta watch these Pioneer Square rent-a-cops. They're not really cops. They can't do anything on their own, really. They have to call real cops for that. This is not the first time that Houston or others have tried to intimidate people. Stand up to them. Don't let them push you around. They have very little on their side, legal-wise, and their interpretations of the law seem fanciful at best. We called 'em on it today. It's your turn, tomorrow. See you in the Square !!

Only 30 People Showed Up??? 24.Aug.2002 11:09

Reality Check

If (by your own admission) only 30 people showed up, I'm not too convinced that anyone--even you--care about police brutality. Let's face it, the police can and will do anything they want to you protesters, and the American people overwhelmingly back the police. The protest movement is losing, falling apart, and Portland was a last little gasp...of pepper spray.

Sorry, but L.A. doesn't want him 24.Aug.2002 11:21

river city girl

Send him to L.A.? No way!

In fact, I think that this deplorable incident should take him out of the running to head the LAPD, or any other agency. The way he handled the protest, very LAPD, but folks here don't want him either. Hey, it might be a department that is out of control, but it doesn't mean that Kroeker is wanted back.

Sheeple have always backed the cops 24.Aug.2002 11:25

river city girl

RealityCheck. Hey, the majority of sheeple have always supported the police, b/c they're too scared to think for themselves. Not exactly news.

After all, when police were spraying hoses and siccing dogs on young black children in the always-Confederate South, the majority of white folks down there supported them and cheered them on.

So what exactly are you trying to say that's exactly like...news here?

30 beats none! 24.Aug.2002 11:37

California Joe

The previous poster's comments on the paucity of protesters misses the point: Those thirty protesters are the tiniest tip of an enormous iceberg.

Very few knew about protest, or when or where to protest at. Bush's camp knows that, and purposely keeps information minimized and curtailed. They know that an unrestricted public arena would bring huge crowds down on them!

I live in California, and tried unsuccessfully to obtain information about Bush's stop there. I KNOW I'm not alone.

My suggestion: don't complain, just do your best to join up with those who did manage to figure out where to go.

NO NO NO NO NO 24.Aug.2002 19:20

LA MediaGuy

We don't want anyone like that here in LA either! Please, don't send him here - send him to, er, Antartica or something. Maybe the polar bears can teach him to appreciate nonviolence.

A side note: I work in broadcasting and am sickened by the corporate bullshit media that it's my job to keep on the air. Talk about frustration! 10 hours a day of M$NBC, FAUX News Channel, and all the other garbage. Thank God for Indymedia; I never would have seen any footage from the protest otherwise.

Just WHO Need Their "Reality Checked" ? 24.Aug.2002 22:35

alsis36

Fuck you and the facist mule you rode in on, RC. Know why a lot of angry people (including yours truly) who were at the Shrub protest couldn't go to the City Hall protest ? Know why a lot of people who didn't get to the protest (but might have wanted to) couldn't go to City Hall either ? Strain your tiny little brain, you patronizing shithead ?

Tick. Tock.
Tick. Tock.
Tick. Tock.
Bzzzztttt !!!!

<Game-Show Host Voice: > Ohhhh, I'm soooo sorrrreee, RC, you worthless little pile of subliterate troll puke. You don't win the new car and the trip to Bermuda. The correct answer iiiiiis....

THEY HAD FUCKING JOBS TO GO TO AND COULDN'T AFFORD TO TAKE ANY MORE TIME OFF !!!!

THE FUCKING CITY HALL MEETING WAS AT 8:45 AM ON A WORKDAY !!! YOU STUPID ASS !!

Go back to channel-surfing and stop pretending you know your sphincter from a hole in the ground, you sanctimonious little turd.

Just WHO Need Their &quot;Reality Checked&quot; ? 24.Aug.2002 22:36

alsis36

Fuck you and the facist mule you rode in on, RC. Know why a lot of angry people (including yours truly) who were at the Shrub protest couldn't go to the City Hall protest ? Know why a lot of people who didn't get to the protest (but might have wanted to) couldn't go to City Hall either ? Strain your tiny little brain, you patronizing shithead ?

Tick. Tock.
Tick. Tock.
Tick. Tock.
Bzzzztttt !!!!

<Game-Show Host Voice: > Ohhhh, I'm soooo sorrrreee, RC, you worthless little pile of subliterate troll puke. You don't win the new car and the trip to Bermuda. The correct answer iiiiiis....

THEY HAD FUCKING JOBS TO GO TO AND COULDN'T AFFORD TO TAKE ANY MORE TIME OFF !!!!

THE FUCKING CITY HALL MEETING WAS AT 8:45 AM ON A WORKDAY !!! YOU STUPID ASS !!

Go back to channel-surfing and stop pretending you know your sphincter from a hole in the ground, you sanctimonious little turd.

The reason why 25.Aug.2002 02:40

blackdawn

The reason why there were only 30 people is because it was held at 9AM on a workday.

answer to LA mediaguy 25.Aug.2002 07:44

polar bear

there are no polar bears in antarctica - the biggest
animals there are penguins and scientists, even the
huskies (doges) had to be removed (i think for environmental
protection - just because it's cold doesn't mean
Antarctica is not a fragile ecological zone).

please send shrub to the arctic, or why not simply
to the salt mines in siberia? i'm sure a retirement
camp for mass murderers who make it to public office
by a coup d'etat and then become major war criminals
could be revived there...

be wary of provocation 25.Aug.2002 09:42

M

I understand the frustration and fervor provoked by folks like reality check. But please don't let them goad you down to their level of incivility.. If they have something intelligent to debate, pay attention, if not, it's best to ignore their heckling--just plays into their hands. They want to portray folks at the protest as being inarticulate, vulgar, malcontents. I'm a middle aged, middle class woman from Washington State who took the day off from work to attend with my son. I was impressed with the caliber of folks who took a stand against Bush on a variety of policies. The messages were mixed because this administration's greed and arrogance is attacking society on many fronts. Those various interests were represented well on Thursday.

You guys are just a bunch of pots heads 28.Aug.2002 19:35

Time to plant

This just goes to show you who is in charge. We will root you out, spray your children and take you from your homes. Remember 1 in 32 have or will be behind bars.

It is time that all you tree hugging pot smoking freaks bow down to the one you serve with your tax dollars.

Well will rule and we will over come every last one of you.

"The NWO will be the source of GREAT Good.
Those who assist in the establishment of the NWO,
and work for the restoration and re-organization of society
will be working for the Good
and those who oppose it will be doing evil."
Remember this is America it is not the number of votes that wins.

(LEAVE OR BE LOCKED UP FREAKS THE TIME IS NEAR)