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Scoop Links: Protests Begin In The City Of Angels

D2KLA is the acronym for the Democratic Convention protests planned for Los Angeles this week. It is still Sunday evening in the US, and as this item is posted Rage Against the Machine and Bonnie Raite are preparing for concerts tomorrow to kick off the coming week of activism.

While protests proper are due to begin tomorrow New Zealand Time (Monday in Los Angeles), the legal battle is already underway. And as the week begins 480 protestors arrested during the Philadelphia Republican Convention remain in jail with 36 on Hunger strike.

For more news see the latest DAN (Direct Action Network) news bulletin... attached to this item.

The following are links to sites carrying comprehensive coverage of the protests – news of which is virtually non-existent in the mainstream media.

FOR LOS ANGELES PROTEST NEWS
http://www.d2kla.org
http://la.indymedia.org

Meanwhile websites are also sprouting up for protests closer to home – in Melbourne. S11 is an action designed to shut down a meeting the World Economic Forum planned for Melbourne on September 11th.

FOR S11 MELBOURNE PROTEST NEWS
http://www.s11.org/s11.html
http://melbourne.indymedia.org/

AND IN SYDNEY WE HAVE THE OLYMPICS AND A WEBSITE TOO...
http://sydney.indymedia.org/

….LATEST DAN NEWS BULLETIN FOLLOWS

From the Direct Action Network and the Mobilization for Global Justice

Live from L.A.

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We currently have a convergence of Rage Against the Machine, Bonnie Raite, two judicial wins including an injunction against the LAPD, and the rising momentum for the global and local justice issues that are drawing us together into the maelstrum -- Monday August 14. www.d2kla.org la.indymedia.org

Philadelphia Republican Convention

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Total Arrests: 480 Still in Jail 8/8: 325 Felony cases: 36 Now on Hunger Strike: 149 Hundreds in Los Angeles will participate in solidarity 24 hour fast

Preliminary hearing for felony cases start Tuesday at 8pm and last until August 18. Most of those on hunger strike began last week, many on Tuesday.

The medical/legal documentation team has interviewed witnesses of multiple incidents of brutality against protestors and prisoners, some of whom are still incarcerated. There are 32 counts of excessive force, of which 7 are accounts of severe hog ties: in less than 30 min prisoners' hands were blue, swollen and persons were on the verge of loss of consciousness. In two of those cases, people were bleeding from the wrist.

Two officer's names and badge numbers come up repeatedly. One is responsible for dragging a man in the nude, grabbing a protester's penis, stepping on necks, jumping on a man's back with the help of 2 other officers, slamming a face into a cell door. The other officer's activities include saying "I'll fuck you up the ass and make you my bitch," slamming a man against wall repeatedly, punching a prisoner in the stomach, holding a prisoner's face in the trash with his knee in the prisoner's neck, throwing a prisoner against the wall.

Four cases of denial of access to medication. Four counts of sexual abuse: dragging a man naked, wrenching a man's penis, twisting a person's nipples, man subjected to random search of genitals. Two threats of rape from Commanding Officers.

Bail reduction hearings started today to respond to the outrageous bails set as high as $1 million for misdemeanor charges.

As noted, a high percentage of R2K prisoners are part of a jail solidarity campaign prisoners and demanding that all bail requirements be rescinded and all charges dropped. You can contribute to the bail fund though, should bail be required: Make your tax-deductible check out to "ISMCH" (they're the Fiscal Sponsor, The Institute of Social Medicine and Community with "BAIL FUND" memo, and mail it to

Philadelphia Direct Action Group (P-DAG). P.O. Box 40683 Philadelphia, PA 19107-0683 215-748-1887 BOX 7 www.thepartysover.org salynch@durban2000march.org

Los Angeles Democratic Convention - August 14-17

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Three women and one man were arrested Monday 8/7 for hanging a huge banner of an American flag with the stars replaced with corporate logos. Originally charged with misdemeanors, the three women had their charges increased to felonies and bails set at an astonishing $20,000 each. http://la.indymedia.org

In an announcement smarting of officially-sponsored hysteria, the California National Guard is preparing to deploy 3,000 troops to Los Angeles including the "Weapons of Mass Destruction Team," to combat acts of chemical, biological or nuclear terrorism. http://www.phillyimc.org

Although www.d2kla.org contains a detailed list of the issues and a sense of the glue that is drawing us all together in struggle, the media has been unusually diligent in maintaining a "content black-out." Check out:

http://www.zmag.org/CrisesCurEvts/Conventions/conventions.cfm

http://www.aztlan.net/lynched.htm

http://www.democracynow.org/news/oiligarchy.html

http://www.commondreams.org/

Join us in L.A. as we march for our lives, our future and for the generations to come.

Melbourne Australia - s11: World Economic Forum

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September 11-13 - Oppose the World Economic Forum: A mass non-violent direct action is being planned around the World Economic Forum in Melbourne, three days before the Sydney Olympics. Crown Casino Melbourne Australia worldforum2000@yahoo.com www.s11.org

IMF/World Bank in Prague

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September 25-28 the IMF and World Bank are holding their 55th annual summit in Prague. As part of the ongoing resistance to the world financial oligarchy, a global coalition of environmental, human rights campaigners, autonomist/anarchist groups has started a mass mobilization to Prague. Solidarity actions are being planned worldwide. www.lobsterparty.org inpeg.ecn.cz/


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