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FAX MIAMI MAYOR - STOP POLICE BRUTALITY AGAINST PROTESTERS

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FAX MIAMI MAYOR AT  http://www.citizen.org/fax/background.cfmID=245&source=19
STOP POLICE BRUTALITY AGAINST PROTESTERS

Friends,

We are writing you from a completely militarized Miami where individuals exercising their constitutional rights to peacefully express opposition to the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) have been under siege. WE NEED YOUR HELP! We need support and solidarity on the ground here to pressure the Miami city government to stop police from intimidating and harassing protesters and to drop trumped up charges and let protesters out of jail.




ALERT! ALERT!
FAX MIAMI MAYOR AT  http://www.citizen.org/fax/background.cfm?ID=245&source=19
STOP POLICE BRUTALITY AGAINST PROTESTERS

Friends,

We are writing you from a completely militarized Miami where individuals exercising heir constitutional rights to peacefully express opposition to the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) have been under siege. Since the protest activities begun on Monday, police officers in riot gear have been detaining anyone who "looks like a protester" and doing body searches on individuals simply walking down the street, shooting peaceful protesters with rubber bullets, arresting individuals on trumped up charges and holding them on $10,000 bail. Members of the Citizens Trade Campaign and Public Citizen team here have had police force them face down on the ground and hold rubber bullet guns to their heads. The police have raided several activist information centers and have been circling the CTC offices. We have had reports of legal observers (individuals clearly identified by neon green hats as legal observers trained to do human rights and legal observation during the protests) being beaten, shot at and arrested. I have personally seen a young man on his knees praying alone in front of a police line attacked by riot officers with shields and shot. Meanwhile, the mainstream media is reporting the "excellent job" that Miami police have done in "protecting" the city from "violent protesters." WE NEED YOUR HELP! We need support and solidarity on the ground here to pressure the Miami city government to stop police from intimidating and harassing protesters and to drop trumped up charges and release the individuals in jail.

Check out www.ftaaimc.org for updates and go to www.stopftaa.org/legal to donate money for bail.

Send a FREE FAX TO MIAMI MAYOR DIAZ at  http://www.citizen.org/fax/background.cfm?ID=245&source=19

CALL the Mayor's office: 305-250-5300
EMAIL:  mannydiaz@ci.miami.fl.us

Thanks and solidarity,

Timi Gerson
FTAA Coordinator
Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch




e-mail::  tgerson@citizen.org
Miami Herald Letters to Editor 22.Nov.2003 09:42

Varro

E-mail letters to the editor to the Miami Herald at:

Why? 23.Nov.2003 23:06

DM

Why would it matter for a person from Portland, OR to call the Miami, FL mayor or Police? This is a serious question. All good politicians know who can vote for them and who cant...just wondering others thoughts. Seems like a huge waste of time and effort...but it seems like alot of what is done is...so??????????

DM

portland taxpayers paid for FTAA security 24.Nov.2003 10:48

lippy

I saw on ftaaimc.org that someone from North Carolina was told, "...what makes you think anybody in Miami gives a flying fuck what you have to say?!" when he called the Miami police dept. Well, your federal representatives approved your tax dollars to pay for all this mess, so maybe they deserve a call as well.

I wrote this up for Cleveland IMC before the protests started.

The $87 billion dollar war budget passed this month by both the House and Senate included $8.5 million dollars for the FTAA meeting in Miami. The bill, entitled Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense and for the Reconstruction of Iraq and Afghanistan, 2004, included many items that have little to do with Iraq. As Senator Harry Reid (D-Nevada) pointed out during a Senate appropriations hearing, the $292 million for research and development, $930 million for base camp improvements and $6.2 million to replace missiles, are hardly emergencies. The relation of $8.5 million for the FTAA meeting to the war in Iraq is not explained in the bill. The item is a single line under the heading `Emergencies in the Diplomatic and Consular Service' which allows $115.5 million for 'Protection of Foreign Missions and Officials.'

Though Peter F. Allgeier, Deputy U.S. Trade Representative, stated in his remarks to the Senate Subcommittee on International Trade in May 2003 that administration of the FTAA will be done in a transparent manner, the sum of federal monies allocated to the meeting has not been accounted for. It is uncertain whether the check is being written to the municipality of Miami and the surrounding 40 cities that are providing law enforcement to the conference or to Florida FTAA Inc, a private organization. Florida FTAA Inc is working towards securing the headquarter site of the FTAA in Miami and is chaired by Charles Cobb, a businessman who served under Reagan and Bush Sr. in the Department of Commerce. Cobb was hired under express recommendation of Governor Jeb Bush.

The Iraq war bill also includes $25 million for the G8 summit to be held in June 2004. President Bush has chosen Sea Island, a privately owned resort island, as the site for that meeting. For more information on the Iraq war bill search for H.R. 3289 on the government website, thomas.loc.gov