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YOUR HELP IS NEEDED RIGHT NOW!
Mitchel Cohen & Brian Tokar, writing from the BioDevastation Conference against
Genetic Engineering in St. Louis, home of Monsanto:
At least 20-30 people have been arrested and we need your help. Police invaded
two known movement homes this morning, apparently in "pre-emptive raids" to
prevent their attendance at Sunday's demonstration against the World
Agricultural Forum. Others were taken into custody while riding their bicycles
to the BioDevastation gathering at Forest Park Community College, and the
police have left the bicycles lying along the road. Sarah Bantz ? organizer for
MORAGE and a speaker at the BioDevastation conference ? was arrested for having
a container of Vitamin C capsules, which police are claiming to be an illegal
Police have also entered the Randall Building, office of the Gateway
Greens/Green Party USA, St. Louis IndyMedia, the Confluence newspaper, and
other organizations, searching for ?violations? and who knows what else.
For the last two weeks, the St. Louis police have been spreading rumors
of ?Seattle-like violence? in order to ratchet up the levels of tension,
rationalizing their procurement of riot gear and new ?crowd control? weapons.
We are asking EVERYONE to call the Chief of Police Joe Mokwa, at (314) 444-5624
and demand their immediate release and stop their harassment of the movement
against genetic engineering and corporate agribusiness.
We understand that the police may hang up as people try to call the above
number. Other numbers for police are (314) 444-5555 and (314) 231-1212.
Thank you, and please spread the word.