Monday, September 01, 2008

CT GOP delegation roughed up

As reported on Politico, and in State GOP Chairman Chris Healy's blog, the CT delegates were assaulted by violent protesters when they arrived by bus today:
Protesters harassed two state delegations in St. Paul to attend the Republican National Convention Monday. Someone threw a rock through the window as delegates from Alabama rode their bus to the Xcel Energy Center, where Republican National Convention events took place. And masked protesters confronted and harassed the Connecticut delegation — several of them were spat upon, roughed up and doused with a mixture of water and bleach.


As they walked on the sidewalk, a group of masked protestors chanting anti-war slogans appeared in front of them.

They linked arms, attempting to create a human barricade. As police on horseback arrived, Fahle and other members of the group tried to push through.

Most of them escaped unscathed, but the protesters splattered the last group of delegates with the liquid.

“Two got doused, and several more got sprayed with it,” said Fahle. Former Rep. Rob Simmons was hit on the face with the liquid.

Delegate Rob Simmons was outraged. “We were attacked by a mob,” he said. “We were subjected to violent and anarchist behavior by a bunch of thugs."

Fahle said two people were spat upon: Lila Healy, the mother of Connecticut party chairman Chris Healy; and 83-year-old Fred Biebel.

Beibel was reportedly shoved, and his credentials were torn off. One protester grabbed the purse of the state party finance director, who tussled with the protester to save it.
This is simply inexcusable. But you have to wonder, wasn't there ANY security at the delegate off-loading area?
“They had cameras, backpacks and bandanas covering their faces. They were prepared for pepper spray or whatever,” said Fahle.


“They were dressed all in black, black pajamas, kind of a black hat and mask on, except for their eyes — a Ninja look,” Butts said.

He said about 30 protesters swarmed the bus. The area was supposed to be secured, he said, “but this was a breech in security, obviously.”
Obviously. When there's people approaching the delegate area wearing bandannas over their faces, or if masked ninjas suddenly appear, maybe it's time to loosen the riot sticks and get ready for trouble. I'm not employed in law enforcement, but it just seems like common sense.
Another Alabama delegate, Randy McKinney, was also on the bus. He attributed the attack to “a couple dozen Ninja-wannabes, and I didn't see any taxpayers in the group.”
That's a funny line.

What's not so funny is the way police arrested "Democracy Now" reporter Amy Goodman, who was peacefully trying to reason with them to release her two producers that were detained while covering the protests.

Where were these tough, Kevlar-clad riot cops when the CT delegates were being assaulted? It's wonderful how they rough up a harmless older woman, but aren't anywhere near the masked ninjas attacking the delegates. Not only are they bullies, but they're shitty as providing security, too.


Anonymous said...

I'm guessing the ninjas are either Blackwater plants or false flag Republican operatives looking to justify the rough and tumble treatment of journalists and independent observers there.

What is interesting about Amy Goodman's arrest is the passive aggressive tactic the policeman uses. She never crosses the police line but is pulled across by the policeman who she is pleading with.

Though she has been released you can bet your bottom dollar that lots of others are being charged as "crossing a line" while retreating.

YouTube is ripe with other videos in which police knock at a door and then pull an unwitting and unwilling civilian out the door claiming the person lunged at them or something similar. Once out their rights are gone.

The other conspicuous charge that Democracy Now! reported on Monday was something akin to "conspiracy to commit civil disobedience".

The pretzel logic of these charges amount to a suspension of all Constitutional protection of citizens from the government.

The MSM seems blissfully happy to ignore their professional obligations to the public. China was less heavy-handed during the Olympics.

Bob Symmes said...

Even with such conspiracy theories, these tactic - whether by liberal loonies or neocon nutjobs - are disgusting, & have no place in politics.

However, one must wonder: what do the Rethugs put into the cops' doughnuts that makes them act like storm troopers on steroids? First New York, now this!

CT Bob said...

I think when you put on the body kevlar and the helmet, and pick up that stick, you get a sudden urge to USE it.

Hopefully Day 2 of the convention will be quieter.

"...Blackwater plants or false flag Republican operatives..."

Yeah, that's occurred to a lot of us. Hopefully it isn't true; or if it IS true, I hope their tactics are exposed for what they are.

Anonymous said...

Well it is VERY hard to explain that the storm troopers spent their time (documented) intimidating lawyers with cameras, Ma and Pa Kettle homeowners, and vegetarians all over town looking for (shades of Dr. Strangelove) buckets of bodily fluids.

And, of course while they're roughing up Amy Goodman, the delegation buses that should be protected are left unguarded to be greeted by (nothing suspicious about this) NINJAs wearing black with color-co-ordinated masks, carrying F'n bricks!, and acting rowdy that somehow were mistaken by these eagle-eyed, armed to the teeth, you-can't-fool-us police as a neighborhood welcome wagon contingent!

The disconnect makes no sense except as an inside job.

CT Bob said...

Hey, I wouldn't want to mess with any ninjas, either! Those guys have those Chinese throwing stars, and they can put an eye out! That would suck!

I don't blame those cops at all for roughing up unarmed and peaceful old ladies. They don't put up nearly as much of a fight!