rn: Protesters freed! (& looking toward future struggle)


Jan Slakov

Dear RN,

There are other very good postings on the Washinton protests; sorry I
haven't kept up with them as I would have liked. The good news is that I can
pick some of the best postings for you - more tomorrow!

However, I will risk sending you 3 today as I'm sure you'll be glad to know
the protesters have been released from prison.

all the best, Jan
From: "Viviane Lerner" <•••@••.•••>
Subject: FW: Victory for the jailed protesters!!!
Date: Fri, 21 Apr 2000 13:19:16 +0100


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Subject: Victory for the jailed protesters!!!

The Legal collective has just confirmed that the protesters have reached a
deal with the DC Council!
All the protesters are expected to be released by midnight tonight (Friday,

They have won on most of their demands; the charges against all protesters
arrested between April 10 and 17 will be dropped, they will pay a fine
of $5 (the legal collective will pick up the fine if an individual cannot
pay) and they will need to give their names but not IDs.

The calls, faxes, emails sent to the authorities have been complemented with
the vigils in front of the jail in support of the detainees. This pressure
on the authorities was imperative to increase the protesters' the leverage
in negotiations.

Congratulations to the protesters for their persistence and courage, the
legal team for their efforts and work, and thanks to everyone who has
called, emailed, protested or in any other way demanded the relase of the
jaile dindividuals.
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Date:   Sat, 22 Apr 2000 00:15:52 -0300 (ADT)
From: Daniel Haran <•••@••.•••>
Subject: They're free!! IMF/WB protests conclude

Hi all,

A few hours ago we got confirmation from the "Midnight Special Law
Collective" that the protesters will be released on a $5 jay-walking
charge; the 7 accused of felonies will have their day in court.

Thank you to all of you that called the DC mayor. I'll see some of you

I am tired but hopeful -- I've just seen that "The people, united, will
never be defeated." In DC, I had the opportunity to visit the good folks
at EPIC (Education for Peace in Iraq), and many of those holding vigil at
the jail have been active on the sanctions issue and the School of the
Americas (SOA), the infamous school where the US trained countless Central
and South Americans in the finer points of torture. Meeting so many good,
committed people has made me think that as for the SOA, it is now time to
step up the direct action on the issue of "sanctions." 

Peace- Daniel.
Date:   Sat, 22 Apr 2000 00:49:08 -0300 (ADT)
From: Daniel Haran <•••@••.•••>
Subject: 150 remaining IMF/WB protesters released from jail

Here's an article I just posted to Indymedia:


Protesters holding a vigil in front of the DC jail where their brothers 
and sisters were being held staged an impromptu street party after
members of the "Midnight Special Law Collective" announced that the 
jailed protesters had agreed to the prosecution's latest offer. Under
the arrangement, they will be fined $5 for jaywalking.

Many commented on how unreal it felt, as we started the long wait for
protesters to be processed and released; some expect it will take until
midnight until they are all out. De-briefing and emergency food and 
shelter is being co-ordinated from St Stephens Church.

While waiting, protesters raised a flag in front of the jail "Rise up"
a beautiful green flag prepared for the A16 demonstration by Art and 
Revolution. And with plastic water bottle drums to hold the beat many
protesters kept chanting. Among them the following two, which were
sung at the same time:

 Earth my body -- Water my blood
 Air my breath and fire my Spirit

 Truth is the fire that will break our chains
 And we will stop the fires of destruction
 Healing is the fire that is in our veins
 and we will rise on the fire of freedom

Before being released, John and Jane Doe relayed a message asking us
to keep vigil for all those prisonners that were not release today (those
that weren't arrested for the protests). 'every prisoner is a political

 Brick by brick
 To the ground
 No more jails
 Tear them down

Peace- d.