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How the State Handles Dissent: Violence and Oppression in the US and Around the World

‘French police take over Total refinery’

France arrests over 1,000 protesters

French Police Break Refinery Blockade

London Activists Target Of Police Intimidation for putting up fliers

Irish riot police attack students after they occupy Department of Finance in Dublin

Animal rights activists jailed

Peace campaigner, 85, classified by police as ‘domestic extremist’

U.S. Troops Fire On Thousands Of Protesters Outside Bagram Base

‘Palestinian Gandhi’ Convicted for Protesting; U.S. Silent

Congo Rights Activist Found Dead

COLOMBIA: Voices of Women Peace Activists Silenced

China Police Confine Prominent Artist

China: Worker activist sentenced to three years in jail – scholars demand release

Vietnam sentences independent unionists to 7-9 years in prison

Riot police end Bangladesh labour strife

Labor activists in Bangladesh arrested

Leftist Activist Is Slain in Philippines

Moscow authorities sanction 1,000 people for opposition protest

Police made mistakes in G20 tactics, chief admits for first time

G20 detainees seek $115M in class action

Overview: Toronto G20 Legal Fallout

Black Shirts of Toronto–Professional Provocateurs

Police strangled me, punched me in head, manhandled me (peaceful protester at the G20)

Undercover Police Orchestrated G20 Violence

G20 Toronto Riots perpetrated by Agents Provocateurs of the Police

UNITED STATES

7 Outrageous Examples of Police Spying and Harrassment Toward Peaceful Activists

Dissenters To Be Detained As “Enemy Belligerents”?

New bill allows U.S. citizens to be kidnapped and detained without trial indefinitely based on “suspected activity”

Pentagon fesses up to 800 pages’ worth of potentially illegal spying, including peace groups and Planned Parenthood

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has forced the Pentagon to release over 800 pages of classified material documenting “possibly illegal” spying during the Bush administration. The heavily redacted documents include details of a spying program against Planned Parenthood and white supremacist groups in the runup to the Atlanta Olympics, as well as spying on Alaskans for Peace and Justice, an anti-recruiting group, civilian cell phone conversations, and other breaches of spying laws.

FBI Raids Activists’ Homes in Twin Cities, Attorneys Claim “Political Suppression”

FBI Launching Mass Raids of Antiwar Activists’ Homes

DOJ Demonizes Constitutionalists As Extremist Criminals

U.S. Army Trains To Confront Tea Party ‘Terrorists’

Source: Patriot Act May Be Used Against Tea Party Activists

One hour documentary: How The Black Bloc Anarchists Are Used To Provocateur Violence

FBI OPENLY RECRUITING INFORMANTS INSIDE LARGE COMPANIES. MAY BE GIVEN “RIGHT TO SHOOT” FOLLOWING DECLARATION OF MARTIAL LAW.

Code Pink protester: Blackwater official threatened to kill me

U.S. Troops Fire On Thousands Of Protesters Outside Bagram Base

Los Angeles: More Arrests As Protestors Riot In Response To Police Shooting

Patriot Act Political Prisoner Lynne Stewart Sentenced to Ten Years in Prison

7 Greenpeace Activists Charged With Felonies in Anti-Drilling Protest

Environmentalist Could Get 3 Years for Hanging Banners From Senate Building

Dissent Victory for Animal Rights Activists

Earth First! Activists Arrested Protesting Maine Wind Farm – ‘It’s Too Big’

Community, Solidarity, Resistance: The Conclusion of the RNC 8 Case and Some Lessons Learned

US: Las Vegas drone trial makes history

Fourteen anti-war activists may have made history today in a Las Vegas courtroom when they turned a misdemeanor trespassing trial into a possible referendum on America’s newfound taste for remote-controlled warfare. The so-called Creech 14, a group of peace activists from across the country, went on trial this morning for allegedly trespassing onto Creech Air Force Base in April 2009. From the start of today’s trial, prosecutors did their best to keep the focus on whether the activists were guilty of allegations they illegally entered the base and refused to leave as a way to protest the base’s role as the little-known headquarters for U.S. military operations involving unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, over Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan. But a funny thing happened on the way to prosecutors’ hope for a quick decision. Appearing as witnesses for the Creech 14 today were some of the biggest names in the modern anti-war movement: Ramsey Clark, former U.S. attorney general under President Lyndon Johnson; Ann Wright, a retired U.S. Army colonel and one of three former U.S. State Department officials who resigned on the eve of the 2003 invasion of Iraq; and Bill Quigley, legal director for the New York City-based Center for Constitutional Rights.

Human Rights Advocate Sentenced to Six Months in Federal Prison for Civil Disobedience at the School of the Americas

Ken Hayes, Father Louis Vitale and Nancy Gwin, the three human rights advocates who were arrested together with Michael Walli, were each sentenced in January 2010 to six months in prison as well – the maximum allowed for the charge of tresspass. The extremely harsh sentences are intended to deter others from following the example of the ‘SOAW 4.’

“Those who speak out for justice are facing prison time while SOA-trained torturers and assassins are operating with impunity,” said SOA Watch founder Father Roy Bourgeois.

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