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A major security operation is under way in New York City for the Republican National Convention at the end of this month.An estimated 250,000 protesters are planning to march during the convention, amid a heightened terror alert.
The Secret Service is overseeing all convention security. Officials say New York City recieved $50 million in federal money for convention security, and close to $20 million is being spent on what they call "non-lethal crowd-control devices."
Elena Brady, who lives outside Manhattan on Staten Island, says she worries about her neighborhood."The fear is while the police are brought to the Republican National Convention, Staten Islander's are more vunerable to crime,"
In a traditionally Democratic city, the first ever GOP convention to be held in New York since the Republican National Commities founding 150 years ago, will be held about 3 miles from Ground Zero and promises to be as controversial as the attacks on 9/11.
(Other Sources courtesy of www.insightmag.com and www.voanews.com)
[edit on 8-17-2004 by William One Sac]
[edit on 18/8/2004 by justus]
[edit on 19/8/2004 by justus]
[edit on 8-20-2004 by Valhall]
Originally posted by Bout Time
As for delivery of funds to secure NYC dsuring their dog & pony show, they should pay for it.
It's one of the stupidest things in a long list of stupid things that the Rove Republicans have done. They think the protests won't be at a fevor pitch?
They think NY won't cover/report the heavy handed response?
This isn't Seattle where they can spray pepper spray in baby faces or choke out old ladies & get away with it.
Originally posted by Bout Time
No, I don't support violent protests or anarchy. I do abhor our embracing of Fascist policies of quelling dissent as been demonstrated by the Bush administration under the guise of "security". Please detail for us why the police attacking people who were in the designated areas fit in the "hooligan" category? Note the barriers, note the protesters behind them:
Originally posted by Jamuhn
There is a quote at the bottom of Bout Time's post, it gives the background to the story. But cops are generally trained to follow strict orders, and its about time those making these decisions in addition to those carrying them out are prosecuted for such.
Originally posted by PistolPete
I agree on the point that it's not very smart to have the convention in NYC. Man is that going to be a mess for anyone that actually lives and works there. I heard it was pretty bad in Boston, but this is going to be worse.
Originally posted by BasementAddix
I find that whole "macing" story to be total BS...If a child of that age was maced...HE'D NEED TO GO TO THE HOSPITAL....not just be "douced" with water...anyone whos ever been maced before knows that it hurts beyond belief and doesnt wear off quickly....prostestors love to make things into great media...take their "truths" with a grain of salt...