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Provocateurs Trigger Repression at Summit of Americas

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"Here, in Mar Del Plata, FTAA will be buried."

Hugo Chavez


So far 2 independent journalists have been siezed as provovateurs seek shut down peaceful protest at the Summit of the Americas. This year the Summit is in Mar Del Plata, Argentina, where the radical right wing Peronists regained power with the ascension of George Bush in the US. A brigade of 8000 police were assembled to "protect" the summit. What has ensued is a physical enactment of the ungoing war against the poor the US seeks to advance with the FTAA. Five of the 34 counties represented at the summit steadfastly oppose the treaty.
One telling example of how the 8000 masked "world police" will get the action that they came for is buried in a story the AP delivered through Channel 9 TV in Albany, New York:
More than 1,000 rioters set bonfires and trashed storefronts just blocks from the summit's security barrier in Mar Del Plata. Some set American flags on fire and used slingshots against riot police, who responded with tear gas.

One restaurant that had plastered its windows with anti-Bush posters was left untouched, while a store across the street had its window shattered.

The BBC report of the Argentina protest states that the protests began peacefully, which thousands of marchers chanting "out with Bush". Later, small groups came in from the fringes with baseball bats. Some of them burned American flags, others started fires and began looting.

The appearance of George Bush at this Summit has provoked protests throughout South America: the channel 9 report mentions protests in Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay.

A plea has gone out to make it know to the world that 2 reporters from Indymedia have been siezed:
Journalists Fernando Catz and Roger Sampedro, both with Indymedia, are among the 87 persons detained by the Federal Police during the repression unleashed this afternoon against Anti-Bush demonstrators.

It is vital for all of those detained that the press take notice of them because in these past few years there have been scores of cases of misconduct, abuse and torture at the hands of the police in Argentina.

It is important to remember that the return of the Peronists is the return of a Government held up by official policies of torture, and their so-called "federal police" are graduates of the School of the Americas - now called WHISC. Unless a cry goes out, these writers could well join the numbers of the tortured ones, or the disappeared.

David Roknich

DOGSPOT


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What evidence? 05.Nov.2005 20:44

Cemendur

"More than 1,000 rioters set bonfires and trashed storefronts just blocks from the summit's security barrier in Mar Del Plata. Some set American flags on fire and used slingshots against riot police, who responded with tear gas."

"One restaurant that had plastered its windows with anti-Bush posters was left untouched, while a store across the street had its window shattered."

I fail to see the evidence that this was provocateurs and not low level insurgency by the populace. All the evidence I have seen points to revolutionaries attacking symbols of Imperialism!

Also, who is to say the tear gas did not start first. It started first in Seattle, although the papers said otherwise. I do not beleive the corporate or state sponsored media. Do you?

ok dog you believe dogspot? 06.Nov.2005 14:35

roknich

how ever you read it, the 8000 storm troops did indeed obtain the excuse the wanted.

another thing: in a country where official government torture has flourished for ove 30 years a picture of the president of the country that exported it is no small provocation

finally, very little new has escape since the first clues that the scene had turned ugly

what about the 2 IMC reporters - they are also mentioned on a previous post here in the newswire, but no further info so far?

my only regret is that I haven't followed up on getting some word about what may have happened to
Fernando Catz and Roger Sampedro

and this quote from BBC smells like the usual fascist hirelings at work:
"Later, small groups came in from the fringes with baseball bats. Some of them burned American flags, others started fires and began looting."
Why? The protesters were very well organised, any who wanted to join could have. The small bands of mauraderers on the fringe were most likely not at all with the group: most likely of the criminal element that HAS LONG BEEN RELIED UPON BY THE CIA to trigger scenario the intel community has planned.
If you doubt this, read one of the training manuals that has been aquired from US "schools" in honduras and elsewhere.


evidience found 06.Nov.2005 15:57

roknich

 http://www.lafogata.org/
has several reports about small groups that "have been a problem" making the movement appear as though it consists of "gangsters"
a difficult source to read -
find a good translator

I don't buy it 06.Nov.2005 17:58

Cemendur

Certainly their are nearly always provocateurs in large protests. However, all of the evidence I have seen shows that property destruction at this protest has all the signs of actions inititated by direct action oriented movements.

Provocateurs were used to appear as the black bloc, using the image of the black bloc tactic against the anarchists and protestors. See "After Genoa: Asking the Right Questions" by Starhawk : http://www.indybay.org/news/2001/08/103204.php
Also documented in Starhawk's book, "Webs of Power: Notes fromt the Global Uprising".

I agree that use of provocateurs in actions should be thoroughly examined by all elements of the global justice movement.

I see no evidence that this particular incident was largely the work of provocateurs and not genuine insurrectionists. The grassroots landless peasant movements of South America have historically used economic sabotage as a tool.

I have only seen exaggerated speculation. Who from Argentina, if anyone, has accused provocateurs as being the instigators of these acts of property destruction?

Here are some examples of actions mentioned by corporate media, "Mar del Plata, the seaside resort where the 34 hemispheric heads of state are meeting, was the scene Friday of pitched battles between demonstrators and riot police, with clouds of teargas choking the streets just blocks from the meeting. At least one bank was set on fire, as protesters answered teargas canisters and rubber bullets with stones and Molotov cocktails." source:  link to www.uruknet.info

Banks are a typical target by insurrectionary, revolutionary, and direct-action oriented anti-capitalists and other anti-corporatists.

"Small bands of demonstrators threw Molotov cocktails, set bonfires in the streets with items looted from stores, burned U.S. flags and set a bank ablaze. Argentine police responded with tear gas to disperse the demonstrators, who did not breach the security cordon set up around the hotel where the summit was taking place." Source:  http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/americas/11/05/bush.summit/

Notice, the first article from an Italian source has the protestors responding to the teargas, while the CNN reports the opposite.

Stores were looted? Which stores?

"A BankBoston branch and a Burger King restaurant were among the targets, and police made several arrests." Source:  http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/americas/11/05/bush.summit/

These were the only stores mentioned in that article. Multinational fast food chains are typical targets of anarchists and other anti-corporatists. I see this as a continuation of swarm tactics along with the black bloc tactic, the white overalls tactic, and many others.