Saturday, August 16, 2008

Protesters protest something

"Nearly a dozen" R-68/Unconventional Denverites protested outside the "secret" detention facility in northeast Denver dubbed "Gitmo on the Platte" yesterday. The News:
Clad in trench coats, bandanas and sunglasses, activists protested outside the detention center Friday in the driving rain. They are calling for an explanation.
The Post:
Behind the speakers, a dozen protesters, some wearing bandanas over their faces, held banners. One read "Gulag DNC" in reference to the notorious work camps in the former Soviet Union.
The News:
"We're offended that this is where they hope to keep the protesters," said Glenn Spagnuolo, an organizer with the Re-create 68 Alliance.

Members of Unconventional Denver, who had bandanas covering their faces, held up banners including one that read: "Gitmo on the Platte" - a reference to the American detention camp at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba used to hold suspected terrorists.
The Denver Channel:
"We're trying to shine the light on this little secret political prisoner camp that was being set-up in the city of Denver," said Spagnuolo. . . .

"Some of us are calling this the dog pound," said Mark Cohen with Recreate ’68. . . .

"The community surrounding this is primarily poor, people of color that live around here. Who I am sure nobody asked before this was put here," said activist Larry Hales.

Its discovery is also causing concern. Several came with their faces concealed.

"The idea is to protect ourselves from police profiling," said Harold Maude.
Harold Maude? Read the comments to the Post's story. People are very tired of R68.

More: the News attends a meeting:
On a recent Thursday night in a downtown Denver park, some 35 protest organizers sat cross- legged and talked about how to lead possibly tens of thousands of demonstrators during the Democratic National Convention Aug. 25-28.

A lot goes into it - and demonstrators are getting better at it.
Isn't that nice?

More: the tickets of our discontent:
The California State Democratic Party's request for 1500 was returned with an offer of only 300 tickets to Barack Obama's acceptance speech at Invesco Field at Mile High on Thursday Aug. 28, by the Democratic National Convention Committee.

"They are treating us like Idaho right now," said Bob Mulholland, campaign adviser for the California State Party. "There are 30 million of us in California and we have tens of thousands of volunteers working for Obama."
More: McCain to run ads during networks' DNC coverage:

Sen. John McCain has so much spare cash on hand -- he collected a record $27 million in July -- that the Republican candidate plans to run campaign ads during the networks' coverage of the Democratic National Convention later this month. . . .

Democratic strategist Mary Anne Marsh said the McCain campaign's strategy illustrates just how much presidential campaigns have changed. In past contests, one candidate went quiet while the other had his convention, and the strategist said she can't remember a candidate ever airing ads during the other's party convention.

More: George Koukeas in the Canada Free Press:
All radical leftist groups tend to violate the rights of others under the guise of “free speech”. The American Democratic Convention preparations in Colorado show in microcosm how most leftist groups act, whether they are found in America, Canada or elsewhere.

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