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Anti-Wall Street protesters rally against prison conditions

Feb. 20, 2012
By Laird Harrison

(Reuters) – Hundreds of anti-Wall Street demonstrators and prison reform activists joined forces outside the gates of a prison in San Quentin, California on Monday to protest high incarceration rates and harsh living conditions.

Speakers rallying at the San Quentin State Prison said the state’s sentencing laws are too strict. They called for an end to solitary confinement and the death penalty and said children should not be tried as adults.

“I myself experienced more than 14 months of solitary confinement,” said Sarah Shourd, 33, an American who was imprisoned in Iran after being arrested while hiking near the Iraq border in 2009.

“And after only two months my mind began to slip,” she said.

She was joined at the peaceful protest by Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, who spent more than two years in prison in Iran after being arrested with Shourd, and by former Black Panthers who spoke of a history of problems at the San Quentin prison.

The prison is California’s oldest correctional facility and houses the state’s only gas chamber and all male inmates on death row, according to the state’s prison website.

Activist Barbara Becnel said prisoners were drawing inspiration from the Occupy movement, which spread throughout the nation last fall with calls for greater economic equality. The movement has lost some ground as many U.S. cities evicted protesters from their tent camps.

“We have merged the prison rights movement with the Occupy movement,” Becnel said, quoting a message she said came from San Quentin death row prisoner Kevin Cooper. “The 99 percent has to be concerned about the bottom 1 percent.”

Marin County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Keith Boyd estimated the crowd numbered 600 to 700 people at its height.

Demonstrators held a moment of silence for Christian Alexander Gomez, 27, who died February 2 while on a hunger strike in California’s Corcoran State Prison.

Gomez was among thousands of California prisoners who have staged hunger strikes in waves since July, starting with protests against isolation units at Pelican Bay State Prison and rippling throughout the rest of the state corrections system.

The strikes began after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in May that California prison overcrowding was causing “needless suffering and death” and ordered the state to reduce the number of prisoners to 110,000, still well over the maximum capacity, from 140,000.

Watched over by at least a dozen heavily armed prison guards, former prisoners on Monday told stories of their incarceration and sang Native American and civil rights protest songs during the hours-long demonstration.  

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Riot police beat students in Spain protest: witnesses

Feb. 20, 2012

VALENCIA, Spain — Baton-wielding riot police charged, beat and arrested several demonstrators at a student protest against spending cuts in the Spanish city of Valencia on Monday, reporters at the scene said.

The clashes broke out in the mid-afternoon after students protesting against education budget cuts, which they say have left classrooms without heating, demonstrated outside a school and came up against police barricades.

Photographs and videos from the scene showed youths with bleeding faces and baton-wielding police in helmets and body armour chasing, beating and dragging people along the ground as the clashes continued after nightfall.

El Pais newspaper said on its website that police fired rubber bullets, and media reported numerous injuries.

Valencia regional police chief Antonio Moreno said police used “proportionate physical force” in comments to reporters broadcast on Spanish radio.

“Greater aggression requires a proportionate response,” he said.

A Valencia police spokesman confirmed to AFP that arrests had been made, but could not confirm how many.

“There were demonstrators acting aggressively and so there were arrests,” the spokesman said, adding
that police had acted to “restore order”.

Spanish media reported between 14 and 21 arrests, including several minors.

Valencia police spokesmen were not available late Monday to confirm details of the arrests and injuries.

Similar skirmishes broke out in Valencia last week during student protests, part of a series of demonstrations across Spain against government measures including spending cuts that are hitting public services.

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Greek teen arrested over ministry cyber attack

Feb. 20, 2012

ATHENS — Greek police said Monday they had arrested an 18-year-old suspected of hacking into the justice ministry’s website earlier this month, an attack claimed on behalf of online hackers group Anonymous.

Two other boys aged 16 and 17 were also being sought over the case, police said.

In the February 2 cyber attack, the hackers posted a statement on the ministry website in response to Greece’s tough fiscal reforms and the country’s decision to join a controversial international anti-piracy pact.

“You have introduced a new dictatorship upon your people’s shoulders and allowed the bankers and the monarchs of the EU to enslave them both economically and politically,” the statement said.

“Democracy was given birth in your country but you have now killed it.”

The hackers had also threatened to “deface” media and ministry sites unless Athens withdraws from the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), which was signed on January 26 to create international standards for intellectual property protection.

Greece was one of the 22 signatories among European Union states.

Critics of ACTA say it could significantly curtail online freedom and a number of European countries have said they will now freeze their ratification of the accord.

“Next target will be all the media in Greece,” the hackers said, warning: “We have most of the media websites admin passwords.”

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