Friday, January 30, 2009
Pro-Gaza Rally- Mean Streets NY-Assault Photographer - (Video)
This failure to protect, on a selective basis, is a VIOLATION of police procedure.
What's up New York?!
Last night, a photographer from a major New York newspaper was assaulted and harassed by the new 'Brown Shirts"... the Green Vest patrol that accompanies these anti-Israel rallies and other ubiquitous hate-America 'peace' rallies. at this most recent rally, which was billed as a "pro- Gaza anti-AIPAC rally" ,at the NY Marriott Marquis, there were LOTS of police present, but as the video will show, our police showed very little interest in assisting the photographer (who had press credentials). They seemed to prefer nothing and did a lot of standing around while the Green-vested-Brown-shirts steam-rolled the First Amendment.
Video of the harassment of the VSB.The police had a brief shining moment at about 2:00 where it seemed they were stopping the harassment, and then...the 'brown shirts' pressed on...clearly ignoring First Amendment rights.
VSB was, also, harassed by these same bullies (male and female)with the same NON response from the police. The 'Green Vested Brown-Shirts were consistent in claiming our streets as their own little empire...they ruled...not the police.
One officer attempted a couple of "pyschological" explanations for the harassment: "They just don't like what you...They just don't like your taking their pictures" and..."That's their purogative...to dislike having their pictured taken and to be brutes/bullies about it." They refused to get involved.
The officers were rude and disinterested or...timid...
The 'brown-shirts' were dictatorial and nasty and they defended "their streets" with a few choice statements. To the professional photographer they said "We don't need your pictures/coverage, so stop ...you can't take our pictures. Are you under-cover!" and to VSB", You're a zionist bitch. You put the pictures in your zionist papers. Why are you here. Why do you take so many pictures. Stop" Why they even bothered going to the police demanding that anyone they disapproved of be REMOVED (from a public street) seemed unneccesary...They were in charge. Not the police.
This assault on this photographer was an assault on free-speech. We need to demand our First Amendment rights be protected for everyone without qualification. Otherwise...what what happened in NY...it's not good, boys and girls.... Not good at all.
So... Are you mad as hell yet?..you should be...
More pictures posted here
Below the info on the anti-Israel Event:
against Fundraiser, Marriott Hotel!
***Please forward far and wide so even our people in hear about it!***
Join a Student and Community Protest outside the annual (AIPAC) Benefit Dinner at NYC Times Square 's
Thursday, January 29, 6:00 pm
Broadway between 45th and 46th Sts.
Stand up to ruin the appetite for Occupation! Stand up for the people of Gaza !
Over the past month, huge protests have erupted around the world to support the people of Gaza in the face of the massive campaign of devastation by Israeli forces that killed over 1300 Palestinians, one-third of them children. This movement is continuing the political pressure to support Palestine even in the aftermath of the recent "ceasefire" that Israel has reportedly already broken. Israel 's general siege on Gaza has not stopped, as seen in the current blockades of construction supplies into Gaza to rebuild homes, schools, and hospitals, etc.
These apartheid conditions on the Palestinian people are given full political and economic support by the U.S. government, with added ongoing pressure by such groups as the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). This Thursday night, AIPAC will have its annual benefit dinner where New York politicians and Zionists will be rubbing elbows over $1,500 plates while most of Gaza is still in ruins.
We want to come in full force and ruin their appetite.
Join a lively student and community protest this Thursday at 6:00 pm outside the AIPAC dinner at the Marriott Marquis Hotel. The people of Gaza must not be forgotten.
Organized by: Break the Siege on Gaza Coalition-Student Committee, Campus Antiwar Network, General Union of Palestine Students, International Socialist Organization