============================================================================ From: "Brian Hill" <•••@••.•••> To: <•••@••.•••> Subject: Re: cj#1043, rn> COMMENTARY- re: Seattle, WTO, police states Date: Sun, 26 Dec 1999 17:28:10 -0800 Richard; When are you coming over, and how long can you be on the West Coast, esp., CA & OR? Incidentally, when you say, "Yes I realize the Seattle police didn't march in goose-step..." you are incorrect. Inside the militarized zone of Seattle there were squads of US military personnel marching in perfect step, squads of motorcycle cops patrolling in perfect formation, and convoys of some kind of pigs with their sirens blasting, driving around the streets within the militarized zone. You had to be there to believe this part of it. It was a real police state! Demonstrators were herded into pre-arranged areas and opened fire upon with plastic bullets, tear gas, non-lethal gas, and percussion grenades. The 500 or so who were arrested were herded into a cordoned off intersection and commanded to sit down, and then they were arrested for failure to disperse. This charge was later changed, I hear. Something else you could not have known unless you were there (and this is a challenge for the media people to bring to those who are unable to attend for future demonstrations) was the common feeling that 'we changed the world'. It was the feeling of the unity of the people, that spiritual feeling that we all are one that made us know that the WTO is doomed, not because we beat it in Seattle, but because, as Lin Piao said in 1965, the spirit of the people is stronger than any technological forces the imperialists can throw at us. The spirit of the people came together in Seattle, that is the victory, and you had to be there to know it. Lastly, some of my university training was the examination of the evolution of the world's civilizations. They grow and disintegrate according to consistent patterns. The NWO/WTO/IMF/WB will never have more power than it did prior to Seattle. The shift has taken place. When the people loose faith in their rulers, the rulers are doomed, and that was made crystal clear in Seattle. There will probably be another big one in April in DC, we are trying to keep the ball rolling. I hope you can add to the spirit of the unity of the people with the rest of us. Viva la gente, Brian ========== Brian, Thanks for your account of the Seattle experience. I'll be in the Bay Area from Jan 12 to Feb 12. rkm ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Richard K Moore Wexford, Irleand Citizens for a Democratic Renaissance •••@••.••• http://cyberjournal.org Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world, indeed it's the only thing that ever has. - Margaret Mead Permission for non-commercial republishing hereby granted - BUT include and observe all restrictions, copyrights, credits, and notices - including this one.