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2011 October 29 | Activist News
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Daily Archives: October 29, 2011

Occupy Nashville protesters released after second night of arrests

The Tennessean
Oct. 29, 2011
By Ivan Aronin

The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security issued a statement on the Occupy Nashville arrests early Saturday morning, stating that they “enforced a revised state policy that makes the Legislative Plaza, War Memorial Courtyard, and Capitol grounds areas closed to the public from 10:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. daily.”

“State troopers asked Occupy Nashville protestors to leave the Legislative Plaza around midnight. At 12:10 a.m. troopers removed 26 protestors who refused to leave…. A total of 72 state troopers were involved in the curfew enforcement.”


State troopers did not enforce the curfew when it went into effect at 10 p.m., when about 100 Occupy Nashville protesters were on the Plaza. At 11p.m., Tennessean journalists witnessed dozens of TPAC patrons crossing the plaza unimpeded.

UPDATED at 8 a.m.

Tennessee state troopers for the second straight night arrested Wall Street protesters for defying a new nighttime curfew imposed by Republican Gov. Bill Haslam in an effort to disband an encampment near the state Capitol.

And for a second time, a Nashville night judge dismissed the protesters’ arrest warrants.

Early Saturday morning, Magistrate Tom Nelson told troopers delivering the protesters to jail that he could “find no authority anywhere for anyone to authorize a curfew anywhere on Legislative Plaza.”

Occupy Nashville protesters — including many of the 29 arrested in a pre-dawn raid on Friday — returned to the Legislative Plaza that evening and remained through the 10 p.m. curfew.

“To see it from the other side is even more infuriating,” said Chip Allen, one of the protesters arrested in the first raid. “When you’re in it, it’s almost surreal. This takes on a whole ‘nother flavor.”

The arrests came after a week of police crackdowns around the country on Occupy Wall Street activists, who have been protesting economic inequality and what they call corporate greed.

In Oakland, Calif., an Iraq War veteran was seriously injured during a protest clash with police Tuesday night. In Atlanta early Wednesday, helicopters hovered overhead as officers in riot gear arrested more than 50 protesters at a downtown park. In San Diego, police arrested 51 people who occupied the Civic Center Plaza and Children’s Park for three weeks.

Full Article Here – http://www.tennessean.com/article/20111029/NEWS01/111029004/Occupy-Nashville-protesters-released-after-second-night-arrests?odyssey=nav 

Egyptian prisoner tortured to death, activists say

Washington Post
Oct. 28, 2011
By Ingy Hassieb

CAIRO — Rights activists and protesters paraded through Cairo’s streets on Friday bearing the coffin of a young man they said had been tortured to death in a maximum security prison, calling his treatment evidence that abuses are continuing at the hands of security forces more than nine months after Egypt’s revolution.

Essam Atta, 24, was killed Thursday after he was caught with a cellphone, relatives said. They said one of his cellmates had told them guards inserted hoses into Atta’s mouth and anus and forced in water and soap, causing vomiting and bleeding.


Protesters likened the alleged incident to the abuses, including corruption and the widespread use of torture, that pushed Egyptians to revolt this winter against President Hosni Mubarak.

Comparisons were drawn between Atta and Khaled Said, a young man who was beaten to death by police in the port city of Alexandria last year. Pictures of Said’s bloodied body were posted online and became a driving force behind the uprising. Now a picture of Atta’s corpse is circulating on social networking sites, and activists are calling for an investigation.

Aida Saif al-Dawla of the El-Nadim Center for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence declared Atta “the second Khalid Said” after briefly seeing his bloodied body at the Cairo morgue.

She said she worried that a proper autopsy would not be carried out and that authorities would try to cover up the causes of Atta’s death, as they did with Said’s.

Dawla said rights activists and the public would watch the case. “No one will be silent,” she said.

Atta was arrested in February, convicted of “thuggery” and sentenced to two years in prison by a military court. He had been charged with drug dealing in 2004 and carrying an unlicensed weapon in 2010, according to an Interior Ministry statement Friday.

The statement attributed Atta’s death to “unknown poisoning” and said prison guards tried to save him.

Egyptian activists have been campaigning to stop the hasty military proceedings in which Atta and more than 10,000 others have been arrested and convicted since the ouster of Mubarak in February.
The ruling military council also has expanded the country’s hated emergency law, whose removal was a key demand of the revolutionaries.

“I am convinced a lot more similar cases exist,” said Mona Seif of the group No to Military Trials for Civilians. “Such attempts to cover up the truth make me certain of it.”

Full Article Here – http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/egyptian-prisoner-tortured-to-death-activists-say/2011/10/28/gIQABPlRQM_story.html?tid=sm_twitter_washingtonpost