December 6, 1999

Subject: Eye Witness Account: The Battle in Seattle + US tactics lead to collapse of talks + Helen Hegel's summary about "Battle in Seattle" + N30 Black Bloc Communique

Hello everyone

Here is as promised one final compilation about what happened in Seattle last week. I have been literally flooded with so many accounts that I just could not read them all. But you'll find below some of the best I've seen.

One idea to keep in mind though as you read: Was this all just a foretaste of what is about to happen after the Y2K Global Crash?

More on this very soon...

Jean Hudon
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator
http://www.cybernaute.com/earthconcert2000




From: John Hammell <jham@iahf.com>
Sent: Saturday, December 04, 1999
Subject: Eye Witness Account: The Battle in Seattle

I saw enough tear gas and rubber bullets in Seattle to last a lifetime, but unfortunately, this is just the tip of the iceberg, and we will soon find ourselves being stomped into the ground under the iron boot of tyranny unless more of us resist, NOW! Maybe those of you who think I've been exaggerating the threat of jack booted NWO domination will be believers upon reviewing the streaming video at <http://indymedia.org>

I've just returned from a history making demonstration in Seattle in which thousands of demonstrators, angered by the gross injustice represented by the World Trade Organization, succeeded in seriously disrupting the first day of the WTO Ministerial Conference here, forcing the WTO to cancel the first day of the scheduled week-long meeting. Video footage and the TRUTH about what REALLY happened in the demonstration can be seen at http://www.indymedia.org

They did a videotaped interview of me at the demonstration talking about Codex and how the Dispute Settlement Body of the WTO will be used to dismantle American Dietary Supplement Laws in the not too distant future unless more people become aware of what's going on and join us in opposition to the WTO. I hope to get some digitized still photos from the Battle of Seattle into http://www.iahf.com soon.

The Governor of Washington was forced to call out the Washington National Guard to totally shut down the demonstration as enraged demonstrators overwhelmed Seattle Police and King County Sheriff's office which proved insufficient to keep things in check. Some of you will get this mssg right away, the rest will get it after I get back to VA in a couple days.

It was clear to everyone present that the New World Order is moving in on us with a vengeance, and that most law enforcement personnel in this country are clueless as to what is going on - they are firing their teargas on the wrong people - they should have fired it into the WTO convention to stop the REAL criminals!! The myopic street hoods who sprayed graffitti and broke into stores wrecked our demonstration. If not for them, we could have successfully shut the WTO down for the whole week they're scheduled to meet, and if police had intervened THEN, it would have made THEM, not all of us. look bad. 99% of the people at the demonstration were totally non violent except when the tear gassing began and many of us, including myself, were forced to throw tear gas cannisters back at the cops in self-defense.

The Battle of Seattle, An Eyewitness Account

Sadly, a predominantly peaceful, very well organized and otherwise peaceful demonstration was marred by anarchists, a group of young (16-20 year old) disaffected youth combined with local gang members who broke store windows, sprayed graffitti, and looted local shops including a Radio Shack franchise. It is a real shame that this group of immature people did so much to interfere with the vast majority of demonstrators who were very orderly and well behaved - but then it is also not surprising that the egregious offenses of the WTO would incite rioting, even though the rioting effectively wrecked the demonstration by giving the mainstream the weapon they needed in order to paint all demonstrators with the same unfair broad brush (!)

I got some insight into this anarchist group which disrupted the demonstration, turning it into a violent war, a couple days ago when I missed the last bus back to Everett where I've been staying at the home of Gayle Eversole from the IAHF list. Missing the bus caused me to need a place to crash in Seattle, where all motels and hotels and hostels were sold out.

On the front page of the Seattle Post Intelligencer I read an article about an abandoned house at Virginia Avenue in downtown Seattle, just two doors down from Seattle Police Headquarters, that had been seized by demonstrators the day before. I knew I was at the right place when I saw two police cars monitoring the place from the other side of the street, a short distance down the block and I could see demonstrators on the roof with black bandanas obscuring their faces. The demonstrators were in radio contact with others inside the house. A guy was sticking his head out of a broken window on the second floor to ask me who I was and what I wanted. I explained that I was a demonstrator who needed a place to crash, and told them who I was. After convincing a group of them that I was ok, they removed the barricade to open the steel door on the street and ushered me into the front entry and frisked me for weapons and to make sure I wasn't a cop wearing a wire. They were very glad to learn of the IAHF website.

They had barricaded the stairs so that the only way into the house after they let me in was to crawl through a very small opening. This proved to be a very effective way of preventing the house from being stormed by cops earlier in the day when a street fight ensued in which the cops tried to evict them.

After being ushered into the house, they sent me to a room upstairs where I had to read the mission statement of the people who had initially seized the house. They were a group of idealistic students, mostly from University of Oregon in Eugene, but combined with other students from across the US and Canada who wanted to keep control of the house throughout the coming week to use as a crash pad for demonstrators who had nowhere else to stay, and they hoped to turn it over to a homeless advocacy group at the end of the protest so that the homeless could have it as a badly needed shelter. Sadly, there are far more vacant houses in the USA than their are homeless people - yet they are being forced into the streets by corporate greed.

The students who had initially started the "squat" moved in, boarded up the windows, turned on the power and water, stockpiled food, water and medical supplies, but the city turned the water and power off. The owner did not give the police permission to kick the students out, but the police tried anyway, unsuccessfully, and then kept the place under surveillance throughout the night by shining a flood light through the second story windows throughout the night as students on the roof with walkie talkies monitored their whereabouts in case the place got raided.

Inside, no one slept. People stayed up all night drinking coffee, talking and playing guitars. Students from all over the US and Canada were there, along with anarchist hitch hiking grungers who seemed to me to be deeply alienated street kids with zero respect for much of anything, covered with tattoos and body piercings who looked forward to open war with the police, or as they called it "class war" - but THEY had about as much "class" as the corporate scum who they professed to oppose. Periodically they mooned the police from a bank of windows as the floodlight was shined into the building, (keeping all of the rest of us awake, which annoyed me because I was very tired from demonstrating all day. They also shined flashlights back at police and taunted them calling them "pigs". Earlier in the day one had spraypainted "Pig" onto the back of a patrol car during the melee in which the window of the building got broken. It was very cold in the abandoned building and I had no sleeping bag with me so I did my best to sleep on the wood floor with no mat, in my coat, covered only with a poncho.

Prior to this I missed the bus back to Gayle's house in Martha's Lake due to protesting in front of the King Dome where the WTO held their gala opening party called Jubilee 2000. A well organized mix of organized labor, environmental groups, and others opposed to the WTO marched on the King Dome and formed a human chain in the rain to call for the WTO meeting to be cancelled and to call on the World Bank, IMF and WTO to cancel the debt of all nations, especially in the third world. The AFL-CIO had a large trailer near the King Dome and we were all linking arms around its perimeter singing "We Shall Overcome, We Shall Overcome, Some Way, Somehow - Deep in My Heart, I Do Declare, We Shall Overcome Some Day". Several of us circled over to the entrance to the King Dome where we heckled the trade reps of many countries as they got in and out of limousines chanting to the unelected dictocrats "who elected YOU?" and "we're here// we're wet// CANCEL THE DEBT!"

Earlier that evening, we stood in the cold rain while people pounded rhythmically on drums getting soaking wet for over 2 hours while waiting for people inside the church who were dancing to Sweet Honey and the Rock to join us in our march on the King Dome. While waiting people burned phony dollar bills called "Federal Repression Notes" that had been issued by "The Corporate States of America, Inc" under the auspices of the New World Order. The "Great Seal" on this "funny money" was replaced by a seal bearing the words "work" "obey" and "consume" around its periphery, and in the middle of the bill was a charicature of "wafflin willie clinton" dressed in a clown suit with a fake nose.

Earlier on November 29th I listened to a very informative program at the Methodist Church titled "The Human Face of Trade: Health and the Environment - People's Tribunal" where the rally began in which a panel of US Congressmen (Defazio (D-OR), and Maxine Waters (D-CA), Magda Aelvoet, the Belgian health minister; and Bill Blaike a member of the Canadian parliament (NDP) heard and questioned two different panels of NGO members from around the world, all of whom had VERY serious misgivings about the lack of transparency within the WTO, which has been conducting its meetings in secret, shutting out the people of the world as the corporations seek to make an unbridled power grab by making an end run around any national, state, or local legislation that interferes, in any way, with their profits. The NGOs and foreign speakers included Alejandro Villamer representing Mexican farmers, Todd Steiner - Sea Turtles Restoration Project; Steve Shrybman, West Coast Environmental Law Center (Canada), Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Indigenous Network for Policy Research and Education (Phillipines), Cipriana Jurado Herrera, Centro de Investigacion y Solidaridad (Mexico), Barry Castleman, ScD, Environmental Consultant (USA), Navik Leonen, Friends of the Earth, Phillippines; and Dr. Zafar Mirza, Health Action International - Pakistan.

The WTO should be abolished completely, and it will never have any credibility if it excludes a People's Jurispudence such as the Tribunal that I sat on which met at the Labor Temple (AFL-CIO) on November 29th where I served as the rough equivalent of a grand jury member, listening to testimony of people from around the world who had eye-opening experiences involving corporate genocide and greed. Currently the WTO has set its own charter, and totally ignores the grassroots in all of its activities - listening only to corporate agendas and their lackies in government.

Lawyers from various public interest groups served as prosecutors before our Tribunal, and we handed down indictments against several corporations including Shell, Cargill, The Gap, Union Carbide and Monsanto - charging them with Crimes Against Humanity on a basis of the Nuremberg Code and the Geneva Convention. For a crime to be a crime against humanity it has to be systematic in nature, and large in scale. When we attempted to serve citizens arrest warrants on some of the trade ministers, two of our people were placed under arrest for crossing police lines. One of the people arrested, Cheri Honkala, represented a homeless advocacy group in Philadelphia called the Kinsington Welfare Rights Union which presented facts to our tribunal and she awaits trial next year after being indicted for moving homeless people into an abandoned building in Philadelphia where her group was barred from speaking at the Liberty Bell and thrown out of the state government building after seeking a meeting with the Governor of Pennsylvania. More at http://www.libertynet.org/kwru

Other very strong cases that we heard were against Cargill (genetically engineered seeds and polluting Puget Sound), Shell Oil (committing literal genocide and outrageous pollution against the Ogoni tribe in Nigeria's Delta region. Shell's private goons combined with corrupt Nigerian army troops murdered villagers and hung Ogoni environmentalist Ken Saro-Wiwo along with 8 other Ogoni leaders in 1995. Project Underground, which examines has documented many environmental and mining abuses at http://www.moles.org -- while the clear cutting of redwood forests in Northern California is exposed at http://www.havc.org

On the tribunal I also heard shocking testimony from a sweat shop laborer from the Phillipines who was shanghied into working in Saipan, behind barbed wire, at a factory where impoverished women from China, Vietnam, the Phillipines and Malaysia are paid $3./ hour and forced to work 12 hr/days, 7 days/week under very unsafe conditions in which many are indentured servants. These women are automatically fired if they so much as fall in love, let alone get pregnant and armed guards strongly discourage them from leaving the company barracks. They are forced to pay room and board for horrible food and truly slum like living conditions. Technically, Saipan is an American Territory, but they aren't governed by American labor laws so don't forbid sweat shop labor. Clothes made there say "Made in USA" The witness I heard contracted TB from no ventilation in the factory (horrendous dust) while many others got environmental illness and cancer from offgassed formaldehyde fumes in the ironing room. The GAP is well aware that they are paying the Saipan sweat shops for clothes sold in their stores, but have done nothing to help correct the horrendous conditions on which they have made millions. American corporate greed is clearly driving the NWO agenda and all of us had better WAKE UP, or we too will be enslaved just like the workers in Saipan!

In other venues, such notables as author Ken Kesey, and Ralph Nader spoke and engaged in debates respectively and as we manned picket lines in the streets we discussed the things they'd said to us.

Yesterday's demonstration began for me at 5 am, when the people who'd organized "the squat" roused us all by beating drums to call a meeting of the house. They were afraid we might be raided before 6 am to keep us from demonstrating, so when the lookout on the roof announced over the walkie talkie that the coast was clear we exited the house and dispersed back to the streets. I joined a group of Oregon University students at 7 am who barricaded several key intersections in order to keep WTO delegates from being able to get from their hotels to the convention center and to snarl up traffic throughout Seattle. We succeeded in causing total gridlock within the city, and frustrated the hell out of delegates who we wouldn't let through our lines. Several attempted to barge through and were told to "walk back to the airport and leave the country."

Tense stand offs with Seattle police and King County sheriffs clad in riot gear occurred all over downtown Seattle who started using rubber bullets, pepper spray and tear gas against demonstrators starting around 1 pm as some demonstrators climbed atop gridlocked busses, while others climbed lamposts, and on top of a pedestrian overhang on the Nike Town store where they also hung many huge banners.

Large numbers of demonstrators, including myself, wore gas masks and hurled tear gas cannisters back at police in self-defense, as percussion grenades went off making thunderous booms which echoed through the concrete canyon of downtown Seattle where Christmas decorations lent a surreal air to everything going on. Some demonstrators overturned trash containers and set fires in the street, broke shop windows, slashed tires on police cars and sprayed grafittis while others, (including me) did our best to stop them. Several times we stopped police from charging by chanting as news media looked on "The Whole World is Watching! The Whole World is Watching!" and also "Non Violent Protest! Non Violent Protest!" A few WTO delegates attempted to physically push through our lines, and angry words were exchanged in both directions. On the whole, given what they were confronted with, I give the Seattle Police credit for keeping calm, but at the same time feel strongly that the King County Police overreacted badly on several occassions, using rubber bullets and tear gas out of fear when they didn't have to and it only escalated the actions of the punks, spurring them on to break more windows, spray more graffitti, slash tires, attack busses and commit other senseless acts of vandalism. I heard one vandal bragging about ripping the mirror off the side of a bus and reaching inside to punch the driver, and I told him he was an asshole for wrecking our demonstration.

Demonstrators wearing helmets with red crosses served as medics and administered first aid to several of us who were overcome by the tear gas. A lot of children and older people in the crowd were really hit hard by the tear gas, including some who were veterans of the Vietnam war demonstrations years ago who looked nervously at the armored cops concerned that they might start cracking skulls with billy clubs as they recalled from the more violent demonstrations in the '60s. Some demonstrators brought food and water to people on the picket lines so that we could keep our arms locked to block delegates from crossing, and the police from breaking through. In several intersections everyone sat down in the street to block police, and we experienced 10 of the most tension-filled minutes of my life as an armored personnel carrier bore down on us as we sat in the street, facing it down while reporters nervously filmed the event. Students did street theater and made speeches denouncing the evils of corporate greed.

Many of the street theatre skits imaginatively creative, very positive (in stark contrast to the stupid things the vandals did) and were obviously well rehearsed by students from University of Washington and University of Oregon and others who took pains to conduct themselves responsibly - but there was some blurring of the lines amongst the ranks of the more radical environmentalists who scaled the walls of downtown buildings to hang banners, while standing shoulder to shoulder with the punks who sprayed graffiti.

I got out of Seattle shortly before dark, after the National Guard had been called in. The city had been placed under curfew before I left and they were already starting the mass arrests that broke everything up as police have massively expanded their perimeter. Herr Clinton is here at the Westin Hotel, so security has been ramped up considerably. King 5 TV news reports today, December 1, that over 450 demonstrators were arrested today for failing to disperse, and firemen have been using Water Cannons to force people to disperse in the Pike Street Market. Possession of gas masks by civilians has been outlawed, and a rally by steel workers was broken up with arrests made. Today the police filled several busloads with arrested people who they processed through a temporary holding facility at the Sand Point Naval Station where demonstrators have been refusing to disembark from the busses or answer any questions by police. Before pulling out I shot two rolls of film which I hope to get developed in the morning and digitized for posting on the IAHF website.

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God Bless You All.

Your Friend,
John Hammell
http://www.iahf.com




From: DJ <djhewitt@jps.net>

A refreshing perspective on the WTO, bypassing controlled corporate media
reporting, --DJ

US tactics lead to collapse of talks
Nitya Chakraborty (Seattle, December 4)

THE THIRD Ministerial conference of the World Trade Organisation collapsed
today following after the developing nations unitedly protested against the
lack of transparency and imposition of the views of the rich on the poor
countries in the negotiations.

CLIP -SEE THE REST AT http://www1.hindustantimes.com/nonfram/051299/detfro01.htm




Date: Sun, 05 Dec 1999
From: Helen Engel <hengel@mb.sympatico.ca>
Subject: Battle in Seattle

Hello Jean,
Thanks for the wonderful work you do. I often send parts of your email
out to my own list. Today I have sent the following.


Hello Friends,

Surfing the Net re World Trade Organization

Some of you dear souls are too busy to follow the details of what
happened to the young people who dared to demonstrate in Seattle. I had
a few free hours late at night, and here are some of the interesting
things I learned. Now I can connect between the 1000 signs "Martial
Law" signs seen in the rented Wal-Mart truck in New York, and the
eventful days of Nov 30-Dec 3. The "elites", with the help of the
American Military (and the permission or request of the American
Government) were aware of the intense preparation being made by our
freedom movement to demonstrate in Seattle. It is no wonder the
Military were afraid -- the Lightworkers were ready with videos,
Internet websites, e-mail, and fax. They had housing organized; they
had cell phones; the Seattle Independent Media Centre were mobilized to
offer live coverage of the WTO protests that would be ignored by the
corporate media.

We need to take a few lessons from their leaders. If Canadians were
hooked up to the Internet and were aware of their own power, we could
have mobilized all concerned citizens and have forced the Federal
Government to assist the Western Farmers. After surfing the Net about
the WTO, I realize the power of human beings on a united front, if they
have knowledge, training, and communication skills. There were many
digital video cameras covering the police brutality, and those pictures
were on the Net almost immediately! We have already experienced pepper
spray in Vancouver and in Ottawa. Will Winnipeg be next?

Here is my summary about "Battle in Seattle"

Headwaters Action Video Collective, a group of concerned videographers
http://www.havc.org are busy in California showing photos on the Net of the
pepperspray issue, non-violent civil disobedience, endangered species,
clearcuts, free speech, and other issues peculiar to California. They
were on hand to video the demonstrations and to show them on the Net
immediately. There was a photo of a policeman firing point-blank at
seated protesters. Another photo showed protesters being gassed,
although they were seated. Another was of a young woman, blood flowing
into her eye and covering her face. Apparently she had been hit by a
plastic bullet. There was also a photo of policemen spraying seated
demonstrators with chemical spray.

The Military were afraid that the demonstrations would spread to all
cities in U.S., and some of the demonstrations were reported in Detroit,
Tucson Arizona, and San Francisco. In each case, police were ready. On
Wednesday, hundreds of protesters were arrested and charged with
"refusal to disperse and obstruction." Perhaps if the Galactic
Federation and the Spiritual Hierarchy had not intervened, on December 2
the United States of America would have declared Martial Law. After the
first night, the Chief of Police, Seattle declared that if he had known,
they would have handled it differently .... martial law? On Saturday,
the day after WTO, 30 from Arizona were still in jail; one said the cops
were "very rough." "Arizona Congressman Jim Kolbe promises to look
into jail abuses."

There is a strong rumor that masked vandals sabotaged the peaceful
anti-WTO demonstration with the help of the Seattle police. The police
say they arrested "several" of them, but would not give details. The
local news media (controlled) "doesn't care." It should be clearly
understood that this was to be a peaceful demonstration. It was not the
regular demonstrators who were the looters. (I had read another email
from an American writer who suggested that there would be "fake"
violence, enough to cause the Military to be brought out, and to declare
Martial Law in many American cities. This almost occurred. It certainly
occurred in Seattle. The Winnipeg Free Press said it "resembled martial
law." )

There was a postcard from Seattle on the Internet. It showed a
policeman dressed in a black uniform, his head heavily protected with
metal, aiming chemical spray toward the camera. Surrounding the color
photo were the words: "Questions to ponder. Who decided on the terror
strategy? Where did the money come from for the equipment and training
to carry it out? Who conducted the training?" At the bottom of the
postcard were the words "Welcome to Seattle."

On December 2nd CNN reported that the US Military sent "advisors,"
including active duty Special Forces, to "assist" police in their
preparations for the WTO meeting. This was before the sessions began!

The Ruckus Society http://www.ruckus.org urged people to send a letter to
Seattle's Mayor, Police Chief, and the Governor of Washington State, to
protest the brutality of the police and demand the immediate release of
the approximately 600 peaceful protesters illegally arrested and
detained as the result of anti-WTO demonstrations. "Demand all charges
be dropped. These protesters' civil and human rights have been violated!
Protesters have been brutalized, denied medical attention, denied access
to food, water, and legal counsel."

In Victoria, B.C. more than 30 Canadian activists held a press
conference on Friday to protest. They entered the main Eaton's mall,
McDonald's and handed out a leaflet condemning police brutality.

The Canadian Trade Minister, Pierre Pettigrew and Canadian
Representative to the WTO, Sergio Marchi, got caught in the middle of a
Seattle Police pincer operation to round up protesters. They scaled a
wall to get away. I, Helen, noted that their remarks about WTO were
positive. Apparently they did not see any police brutality, or closed
their eyes to it. I was very annoyed at the remarks of both Pierre
Pettigrew and Prime Minister Chretien following the close of WTO.

The reason the WTO needs to be disbanded is that it has been organized
by the "elite" to serve their interests. Since multinational
corporations cannot write laws, they need various governments of the
world to write the laws for them. The idea of a world trading
organization is fine, but its members should be representatives of world
governments, and they should write the laws governing trade, which the
multinationals must abide by, instead of the other way around. The laws
are being written by the multinationals, the governments are being
lobbied to pass them. It is as if your finger is on the chopping block,
and you sign a document saying, "It's okay to cut it off."

My purpose in spending a great deal of time on this, is to make our
people aware of three things: (1) We need to be aware that although
some of the "elites" have accepted that they must change their ways, the
Military has not. They are now afraid of the extraterrestrials, and
they are afraid of the masses. They remind me of a trapped wolverine.
They will be very vicious in their last stand. (2) We need to organize
ourselves, with some Manitoba group names, and unite with others across
Canada. (By the way, there were at least two people from Winnipeg at
Seattle.) (3) We need to become skilful in the ways of communication,
using videos, workshops, Internet websites, e-mails, cell phone strategy
in emergencies, public meetings. It is time to disband the
International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the World Trading
Organization. It is a task the Galactic Federation and the Spiritual
Hierarchy know that we can do.

Helen Engel




FINALLY I'M INCLUDING SOME MATERIAL BELOW ABOUT SOME OF THOSE WHO DID FOR MORE THAN $2 MILLIONS WORTH OF DAMAGES IN SEATTLE (ACCORDING TO CNN) AND, BECAUSE OF THIS, WERE CERTAINLY PARTLY RESPONSIBLE FOR SOME OF THE VIOLENT REACTION BY THE POLICE. THIS IS FOR YOUR INFORMATION ONLY BECAUSE I PERSONALLY DO NOT WANT TO CONDONE IN ANY WAY SUCH VIOLENT ACTIONS - EVEN IF NO ONE WAS DIRECTLY HURT BY THEIR ACTIONS - BECAUSE IN THE END VIOLENCE ONLY BREEDS MORE VIOLENCE AS AMPLY DEMONSTRATED IN SEATTLE -- AND BECAUSE OF THIS, *MANY* PEOPLE WERE INDEED VERY BADLY HURT.

BUT IT IS IMPORTANT WE KNOW THAT ASIDE FROM SOME RAMPAGING YOUTHS TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE CONFUSION TO RELEASE THEIR ANGER AT THE SYSTEM, THERE WERE WOME WELL-ORGANIZED MONKEY-WRENCHING GROUPS WITH DEFINITE TARGETS IN MIND. THEIR ARGUMENTS - IF YOU GO AT THE WEBPAGE GIVEN BELOW TO READ IT ALL - ARE WELL-STRUCTURED AND CERTAINLY NOT THE REFLECTION IMHO OF 18 YEAR OLD GUYS. THE QUESTION THAT CAME IN MIND WHILE READING THEIR DOCUMENT IS: COULD THIS ALL BE A VERY SOPHISTICATED SET-UP DONE BY SOME UNDERCOVER GOVERNMENTAL OPERATIVES TO ESTABLISH A GROUP WITH VERY DESTRUCTIVE AIMS AND THUS CREATE THE JUSTIFICATION FOR THE HEAVY-HANDED "CROWD CONTROL" SEEN IN THE STREETS OF SEATTLE?... APPARENTLY - IS IT TRUE, I DON'T KNOW! - THOSE GUYS WERE USUALLY NOT TARGETTED BY THE POLICE AND, IF ARRESTED, THEIR BAIL WAS QUICKLY PAID BY "SOMEONE" AND THEY WERE IMMEDIATELY RELEASED.

YOU WILL ALSO FIND A RELATED STORY ON http://www.sightings.com ENTITLED "'Paid Demonstrator' Claims From Seattle" WHICH IS ABOUT YOUTHS BEING ALLEGEDLY PAID $35/HOUR BY SOME BIG CORPORATION TO BREAK WINDOWS AND DO AS MUCH DAMAGE AS THEY WANT. HOWEVER A CLOSER ANALYSIS OF THIS CLAIM SHOWS THAT IT IS MOST PROBABLY A HOAX - BUT DONE BY WHO AND FOR WHAT PURPOSE?...

N30 Black Bloc Communique
by ACME Collective 10:48am Sat Dec 4 '99

Source: http://www.indymedia.org
Article: http://216.173.206.96/display.php3?article_id=508

A communique from one section of the black bloc of N30 in Seattle

On November 30, several groups of individuals in black bloc attacked various corporate targets in downtown Seattle. Among them were (to name just a few):

Fidelity Investment (major investor in Occidental Petroleum, the bane of the U'wa tribe in Columbia) Bank of America, US Bancorp, Key Bank and Washington Mutual Bank (financial institutions key in the expansion of corporate repression) Old Navy, Banana Republic and the GAP (as Fisher family businesses, rapers of Northwest forest lands and sweatshop laborers) NikeTown and Levi's (whose overpriced products are made in sweatshops) McDonald's (slave-wage fast-food peddlers responsible for destruction of tropical rainforests for grazing land and slaughter of animals) Starbucks (peddlers of an addictive substance whose products are harvested at below-poverty wages by farmers who are forced to destroy their own forests in the process) Warner Bros. (media monopolists) Planet Hollywood (for being Planet Hollywood)

This activity lasted for over 5 hours and involved the breaking of storefront windows and doors and defacing of facades. Slingshots, newspaper boxes, sledge hammers, mallets, crowbars and nail-pullers were used to strategically destroy corporate property and gain access (one of the three targeted Starbucks and Niketown were looted). Eggs filled with glass etching solution, paint-balls and spray-paint were also used.

The black bloc was a loosely organized cluster of affinity groups and individuals who roamed around downtown, pulled this way by a vulnerable and significant storefront and that way by the sight of a police formation. Unlike the vast majority of activists who were pepper-sprayed, tear-gassed and shot at with rubber bullets on several occasions, most of our section of the black bloc escaped serious injury by remaining constantly in motion and avoiding engagement with the police. We buddied up, kept tight and watched each others' backs. Those attacked by federal thugs were un-arrested by quick-thinking and organized members of the black bloc. The sense of solidarity was awe-inspiring.

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