HLS home demos on Halloween spark furious confrontation
On Halloween 2010, Michael Paese of Goldman-Sachs received his third protest at his home, 1632-B 19th st NW, in about 24 hours, and his neighbors erupted in fury with sexist insults and threats. Cops stood by to make sure any use of force was not answered in kind by protesters.
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Through the threats and near-assaults by neighbors the protest went on ,sending a message that the previous night’s violence was not going unanswered. The wealthy Dupont Circle neighbors of Michael Paese apparently think supporting animal torture is a perfectly acceptable way to make money, and why not? After all, Dupont Circle is a neighborhood full of wealthy thugs who get rich exploiting people, so why would they not also support exploiting animals?
A Native American speaker reminded neighbors that some of the same firms that deal with HLS also test products on people in the global south without informed consent and test on prisoners. He also detailed the horrific history of medical “experiments” on Native Americans and African people by the white settlers of the past, and declared that what is now done to animals at HLS is a continuation of that grotesque “tradition.”
At about 9PM, protesters moved on to an even wealthier neighborhood-Georgetown. Abbot Fund Vice President John Richardson lives there, at 2732 P st NW-and there was unfinished business from the detention of protesters there last week. This time, neighbors called the cops but lacked the courage to get physical themselves, calling the cops to handle that part of the confrontation.
The First cop to respond was the former undercover “Kimmey” who had infiltrated Homes Not Jails and the Anti-Capitalist Convergence with no results back in 2001-2002. Her re-emergence (from an unmarked car) could mark a shift in police strategy for handling protests, what with the chaos that has resulted from Harold’s replacement as commander of SOD.
Kimmey threatened that any use of the human voice beyond one-on-one conversation would lead to arrest for “disorderly conduct” with no further warning, in defiance of DC’s 3-warning mass arrest law. No attempt was made to actually detain or arrest anyone, however, though cops did once again tail protesters out of Georgetown. Perhaps they feared that provoking protesters would lead to some real “disorderly conduct” later that night?
Here’s a shot of Kimmey threatening arrests for “disorderly conduct.”