Fri Aug 26, 2005
Utah rave bustedFreedom
Last weekend a 300 people at a legally permitted rave in Utah were busted by 90 police dressed in full swat team military get-up. Apparently, some were beaten, mauled by dogs, had assault rifles pointed at heads, and told to 'get the fuck out of here' to leave personal property when asked why this was happening. You can read many of their experiences here:
The promoters of the party have set up their own website and collecting firsthand accounts and evidence, presumably (and hopefully) for a suit:
A video of the police entrance is available here- http://homepage.mac.com/apexgrin/.Public/fascism.mov and here- http://www.music-versus-guns.org/versusmedia.html - It's really absurd - 90 cops dressed full military garb with assault rifles, and drug dogs and support helicopters to shut down 300 people at a fully permitted party - they had to have planned this way in advance. I wonder how much all this costs?
One of many firsthand accounts:
Last night at 10:00 PM I arrived at a party in the Spanish Fork canyon. I was excited to be there to listen to the great electronic artists that had traveled for to play for the crowd.
Before coming to the event I researched it extensively. The party was 100 percent legal and legit with all permits and necessary security required by law being acquired. The event was well organized, with garbage cans, porta potties, and rope lines blocking off parts of the area that you could no go into.
So on to my point. At around 11:00 I was enjoying the good vibes and great music. Then at about 11:30 pm a helicopter began circling the party. Out of nowhere huge semis filled with what appeared to be national guard (we later learned it was swat), swat, and the police rolled up. Soldiers came out of the bushes and rushed down to the party. Carrying M-16s, Ak-47s, nightsticks, and tazers. They proceeded to attack random people and push their might around on people who had done nothing wrong.
I saw about 7 people attacked (before being forced to leave). I saw two of them right in front of me. One was a guy who was walking around with a camcorder stunned at what was happening. A soldier told him to give him the camera now. The raver said no it is my camera. The soldier then proceeded to grab the camera, throw it to the ground and then began beating the kid. In the end they threw him to the ground violently an put their knee into his back while handcuffing him. All for wanting to keep his property. When I last saw him he was knocked out and unmoving.
Another girl next to me said to one of the soldiers that she didn't know how to get home as they had just arrested her friend. The soldier told her to walk home. My friend tried to grab her to bring her with us, but the soldier began yelling that she had touched him (which she hadn't). WIthin seconds, five soldiers had jumped on her and were literally beating the crap out of this innocent women. She was punched in the face, thrown to the ground, and kicked while down. All for worrying how to get home safely. She is now suing.
The soldiers proceeded to attack anyone with cameras or camcorders, obviously wanting to restrict the film that got out about it. This was not a legal attack, it was a blatant violation on our rights as American citizens. And the swat, police, and politicians who authorized this, knew this. That is why they were removing potential evidence.
We were treated as terrorists, innocent kids without weapons or even violent thoughts in their minds were manhandled, treated like terrorists, and forced to stop doing what we were by constitutional rights allowed to be doing. Our rights were completely removed from us.
and there are many many more accounts similar to that.
More references: http://spiceplay.com/player/Malk/3274/
Apparently excessive police brutality in breaking up dance partys have also been happening the Czech Republic - many videos of police beating people are here:
Category: Fascist Fantasy™
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