On the 16th of May, activists from Occupy DC staged an aggressive street march in solidarity with the NATO 5 and all victims of US police violence and repression.
I thought they were going to march straight to the GAP and storm it as vengeance for the police violence here on Mayday and later arrests. Instead, the march wound it’s way east and south, passing through areas where National Police Week festivities were taking place. Nothing was stormed, I don’t think the intel needed to locate specific targets had been gathered. The whole thing was organized very quickly.
One of the speakers during the march was one of 4 people out of 9 victims of the original Chicago NATO raids who was released. The Chicago pigs stormed the house she was staying at, and at one point cocked a pistol and put it to her head. That will not be forgotten by anyone, but may not be remembered the way the gunman wanted it remembered.
The main message of the protest was that holding activists without trial for a year, and putting activists into extreme incarceration in Communications Management Unit prisons, the things they have done to the NATO 5, have crossed a bright red line. Treating protesters at terrorists is going to have ugly consequences if it continues. It has before, it surely will again. If protest is outlawed, only outlaws can protest.
The NATO 5 case has occurred almost concurrently with the Seattle Grand Jury witch-hunt that generated multiple grand jury resistors in jail for months (2 months in solidary), at least one underground, another abroad, no useful snitches-and at least 72 retaliatory strikes all over Turtle Island against upscale businesses, pro-gentrification groups, and even police stations and courthouses.
The police here seemed to have realized they too crossed a line in the sand with their assaults on protesters on Mayday at the GAP and elsewhere, and they were on their best behavior. Not once did I see a cop make threats or attempt to pick a fight, in sharp contrast to their behavior on Mayday beginning at the very start of that march. Several key cops that made trouble on Mayday were not seen on the street, if they were there they stayed in their cars. I think they had some explaining to do when they got back to their station after Mayday.