When we arrived at the Civic Auditorium in Pasadena on the night of the 14th, we came expecting nothing more than to get together with a small group of activists to pass out some fliers and screen a documentary about the Zapatista struggle. The police came with a different plan in mind. By the time we had arrived downtown, the Los Angeles Police Department had already put the Pasadena Police Department’s Counter Terrorism Unit that dangerous protesters were on their way to cause trouble. The Pasadena police were primed for a confrontation. We were primed to watch a movie.
Before anyone had passed out a single flier or shouted a single chant, the police had already ejected the first handful of protesters to show up from the public sidewalk in front of the Civic Auditorium. With a last-minute permit from the Auditorium backing them up, they claimed that only ticketed guests could be on the sidewalk. What this meant in practice was that anyone could do anything they pleased on the sidewalk as long as the police didn’t think that they were part of the protesters. Anyone who the police identified as being with the protesters would be threatened with arrest if they approached to close to the auditorium, while those who looked like they belonged in the Pasadena’s wealthy and white downtown (including those who actually were protesters) went unquestioned.
Soon after Fox’s speech began the police made their first arrest. While stopping a group of protesters who were trying to walk back to the designated protest area on the opposite side of the street, the police waved through the one of them who was white and wearing a dress and shawl. Soon realizing their mistake, she was handcuffed and arrested. Police then began assaulting and arresting people across the street. Soon four more protesters were arrested, while others were bruised and bleeding, and children were crying. A sixth comrade was targeted for arrest later that night while sitting at a bus stop." -
Alejandro Torres, 20 year old activist, was arrested during a protest on Nov. 14th in Pasadena CA. While passing out fliers denoting the Human Rights abuses committed against indigenous communities by ex-Mexican President Vicente Fox, who was speaking at a 'distinguished speaker series'. During the event, protestors outside were attacked by police. During the attack, 6 protestors were arrested and falsely given charges, such as: 'inciting a riot', 'resisting arrest' and 'assault on officer'. Alex was one of those arrested, who some are affectionately calling, the Foxy Six.
We say end the criminalisation of activists! Free the political prisoner!
*Update: We visited Alex on sunday Dec 30th and he is hanging in there. He is getting along well with other inmates although he has times of loneliness. He is mainly focused on gaining back some of the weight he has lost by trading food items and such- crazy the things that become tasks when incarcerated. he wanted me to call his dad and let him know more of the story. he does have money on his books and thanks us all for that. I told him how far we'd come in the fundraising and to keep the faith. He remains dedicated to the case and is eager to discuss legal strategy and raise awareness to the struggle! I also passed on news of the recent events in the home foreclosure defense and other global revolutionary news he does not get (mostly by scrawling on paper and holding it up to the glass). he left with a fist in the air and then kissed a peace sign!
*Alex has been released! We are continuing to raise funds to keep him out and pay off the bail bond (blood money). Thank you for alll who donated and will continue to support!
*02/20/13: Yey for lawyers who work with activists and do pro bono work! We have a team of lawyers with legal costs at only $1,000. The IWW has offered to serve as treasurer for the funds of the foxy six and so that any excess raised really can go on to benefit ' all political prisoners'! La Lucha Sigue! We will keep you posted as soon as there is a set date for trial.
Learn more about the Zapatistas and their ongoing struggle for Liberacion for all people! Ya Basta! http://www.europazapatista.org/index.php?post_id=1520