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I was taken to a detention center run by the National Guard, working in tandem with the FBI, where everyone was photographed and fingerprinted for a database. Throughout this long process, people were not allowed to use the bathroom and were denied medical treatment for hours. The detention center was filled with beaten and bloodied people, some of whom even defecated on themselves. An Iraq war vet who had been arrested spoke out. He said that detainees in Iraq get better treatment than this.
On my way to the detention center in the police bus, I sat next to two kids who had blood gushing f
On my way to the detention center in the police bus, I sat next to two kids who had blood gushing from their heads and wore blood-soaked t-shirts. The person to my right had just been walking by the scene. Because he was at the wrong place at the wrong time, he was beaten and arrested along with everyone else.
Then, along with five others, I was deemed “violent” and sent to the main jail in Pittsburgh. While being transferred, I had a conversation with the detention officers about our eroding freedoms in America. I was told I shouldn't be protesting, but rather thanking Blackwater for protecting our freedom in Iraq. When I brought up the fact that Blackwater murdered and raped innocent civilians in Iraq, I was thrown violently into a bus and told: “Have fun in jail, idiot.”
During the G20, police officers from all around the country were summoned to Pittsburgh by the federal government. It was a massive movement, militarizing the police to prevent American citizens from engaging in their most important and sacred right – to peacefully assembly and address their grievances.
The main purpose of a military is to fight an enemy, but when the police become the military and work with the military against its own people, we have to ask: Who does this government consider its enemies?