SF & SJ FOOD NOT BOMBS VIOLENTLY ARRESTED on 22 OCT 99: UPDATED

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Sun, 24 Oct 1999 17:14:29 -0700 (PDT)


FWD   24 Oct 1999 16:35:40 -0700 (PDT)
From: San Francisco Food Not Bombs <sffnb@iww.org>

SF & SJ FOOD NOT BOMBS VIOLENTLY ARRESTED on 22 OCT 99:
UPDATED PRESS RELEASE

On Sat, 23 Oct 1999, Lennox Sweeney wrote:

San Francisco police attacked a FNB serving again.  This was at UN
Plaza, near Civic Center where the October 22 Protest to Stop Police
Brutality was comming to a close.  Christina (Crusty),
the primary working member of SJ FNB, was at the serving.  She was
dragged off by the hair, and charged with at least 1 felony.  Total
arrests were probably 3-6.  One man was beaten, and another woman
jabbed with a police stick.  I'll send updates when I learn more.

MEDIA ADVISORY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday 22 October 1999

CONTACTS:  Hugh Mejia / Chris Crass
Food Not Bombs - San Francisco

PHONE: 1 (415) 675 9928
E-MAIL:       sffnb@iww.org

SAN FRANCISCO (Friday, 10/22/99)
 At approximately 6:00 PM, two Food Not Bombs volunteer
activists were arrested while distributing free bagels and  fruit
juice to low-income and homeless people at United Nations Plaza in
San Francisco's Civic Center. The arrests were made following the end
of the October 22nd National Day of Protest Against Police Brutality
demonstration in San Francisco, which was attended by several hundred
protestors.
 At least 50 San Francisco Police officers - many of them in
full riot gear and heavily armed - arrived at the beginning of the
Food Not Bombs free community vegetarian meal. After SFPD arrested
two Food Not Bombs activists, at least one other person was violently
jumped upon and arrested by the police while they were trying to help
themselves to a bagel. All of the remaining food was confiscated by
the police.
 Mark Motyka, a legal observer at today's incident, plans to file an OCC
(Office of Citizens Complaints) report, and to submit his video
recording of this incident to the ACLU and other agencies soon. "It
is shameful that San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown's police are
attacking and scapegoating homeless people and their advocates, "
said Mark. "Having observed police conductš I have noticed that the
system fails to rid itself of the same violent, rogue police
officers."
 This most recent police attack on San Francisco Food Not Bombs is the
fifth incident of resumed Government persecution of Food Not Bombs
within the past seven weeks. These most recent arrests are apparently
part of pattern of escalating police and government repression of
political and human rights activists.
 On Tuesday, October 19th, the San Francisco Police Dept. also
violently attacked a demonstration for the release of political
prisoner Mumia Abu Jamal. On Wednesday, October 20th, two Food Not
Bombs activists were arrested while distributing soup and bread to
homeless people.

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