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United States: FBI raids on activist homes condemned

Sunday, September 26, 2010 fearless-fbi.jpg The statement below was released on September 24 by the International Action Centre, IACentre.org

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We denounce the Federal Bureau of Investigation harassment of anti-war and solidarity activists in several states across the country.

The FBI began turning over six houses in Chicago and Minneapolis this morning, September 24, 2010, at 8am. The FBI handed subpoenas to testify before a federal grand jury to about a dozen activists in Illinois, Minnesota, and Michigan.

They also attempted to intimidate activists in California and North Carolina.

Colombia solidarity activist Tom Burke, one of those handed a subpoena by the FBI, said: “The government hopes to use a grand jury to frame up activists. The goal of these raids is to harass and try to intimidate the movement against US wars and occupations, and those who oppose US support for repressive regimes.

“They are designed to suppress dissent and free speech, to divide the peace movement, and to pave the way for more US military intervention in the Middle East and Latin America.”

This suppression of democratic rights is aimed towards those who dedicate much of their time and energy to supporting the struggles of the Palestinian and Colombian peoples against US-funded occupation and war.

The activists are involved with well-known anti-war groups, including many of the leaders of the huge protest against the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota in September 2008.

The FBI agents emphasised that the grand jury was going to investigate the activists for possible terrorism charges. This is a US government attempt to silence those who support resistance to oppression in the Middle East and Latin America.

The activists involved have done nothing wrong and are refusing to be pulled into conversations with the FBI about their political views or organising against war and occupation.

The activists are involved with many groups, including: the Palestine Solidarity Group; Students for a Democratic Society; the Twin-Cities Anti-War Committee; the Colombia Action Network; the Freedom Road Socialist Organization; and the National Committee to Free Ricardo Palmera (a Colombian political prisoner).

Steff Yorek, a long-time anti-war activist whose home was searched, called the raids, “an outrageous fishing expedition”.

We urge all progressive activists to show solidarity with those individuals targeted by the US government. Activists have the right not to speak with the FBI and are encouraged to politely refuse and just say “No”.

Please contact info@colombiasolidarity.org or info@fightbacknews.org to provide support to the targeted activists.

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From GLW issue 854

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''FBI harassment campaigns are about instilling fear in the activist community, and agents have demonstrated they are not below bringing respected faculty advisors into the witch hunt. Because there have been other FBI visits in the Twin Cities regarding this case, I wanted to share this story.''

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Protests Called in 19 Cities in Response to FBI Raids on Antiwar Activists

By Staff |

September 26, 2010

Read more articles in In-Justice System

Take action:

Please participate in the action nearest you, or if there is not one in your city, organize an action and e-mail iacenter@iacenter.org so it can be added to the list.

Fight Back! News Service is circulating the following statement from the International Action Center.

FBI Raids: Protests in 19 cities on 9/27, 28, 29 called by solidarity activists

The International Action Center supports the call below from the Minnesota Antiwar Committee for Emergency Actions at federal buildings and FBI offices on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, September 27, 28 and 29 to Support Anti-War and International Solidarity Activists and Stop FBI Raids and Harassment, and urges you to participate in one of the actions listed below or to organize an action in your city if one is not already planned.

In solidarity,

Sara Flounders and John Parker, Co-Directors, International Action Center

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