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Ryan Harvey is a 28 year old musician, activist, organizer who hails from the outer suburbs of Baltimore. Nursed into activism through the power of punk music by the likes of CRASS, and local Baltimore bands; Ryan was at the WTO protests in 1999, as a kid. He's been at every major convergence of the Anti-Globalization movement since, and he defines these moments as epic life changing events. He has been a committed anti-war activist and organizer since 9/11, and works closely with veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, having founded CivSol the "Civilian Soldier Alliance".
At the Intersection of Main & Church Street in Thurmont, Maryland, a few hundred Ethiopians gathered from around the country and the world. Six miles from the GB summit at Camp David, the entrance to the heart of the downtown area was blocked from vehicle entry by local police. The intersection where protestors had gathered was controlled by various police officers and a couple of dozen riot police in full gear. The protest rally was being attended by a few dozen other people who lined the sidewalks, some were gathered to observe the protestors, others were there as protestors and occupiers from the region, carrying signs for their own political causes and standing in solidarity.
Ethiopians organized collectively to protest Prime Minister Zenawi's attendance at the G8 summit. Zenawi has ruled in Ethiopia since 1991, and is on lists at Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and Genocide Watch, for possible crimes against humanity and human rights abuses.
About 500 Ethiopian Americans came to Camp David (Thurmont, MD) to show their opposition to their country's dictator who was at the Summit to Shmooze money from Obama. 2 billion US Tax Dollars go to the Ethiopian dictator Meles Zenawi who uses the money to ethnically cleanse a part of Ethiopia that was formerly Somalia.
Small pockets of random protesters gathered on Main St in Thurmont, MD to protest the G8 Summit. They were completely overshadowed by 500 Ethiopian Americans who came to oppose their country's dictator who was at the Summit to Shmooze money from Obama. The Ethiopian video will be released soon.
The G8 Summit at Camp David, MD is currently underway with minimal protesters and a shit ton of mainstream press with nothing to cover. Tomorrow there is a Bloc Party. If you're not in Chicago... it's not too late.
This video from the 2004 G8 Summit in Brunswick Georgia is an excellent case study of successful negotiation with the police. A small Black Bloc marches off on a breakaway march to an intersection that would block the only way on to Sea Island, where the Summit was being held. Watch Lisa Fithian and a group of rambunctious, ballsy youth navigate this potentially disastrous maneuver. http://organizingforpower.org
... Why did the Anarchist cross the road? ;~)
subMedia's final report from the G20 rebellions in three parts 1.Who are we? "Justice for our communities" action on June 25th. 2. Go forth o pioneers. the stimulator goes inside the riot that caused much damage to the corporate elites and embarrassed the security establishment on saturday June 26 in Toronto 3.We started the riot. Debunking the "agent provocateur" and "the cops let it happen" conspiracy theories. Kristian Williams an expert on police tactics during mass demonstrations speaks about the state's monopoly of power.
Day 4 of the G20 and rebellions. The Indigenous Sovereignty March was the biggest one yet, with over a thousand peeps braving the nasty Toronto heat to show solidarity with Native folks. It was inspiring to see so many settlers coming out to support this action.
Day three of subMedia.TV's G20 Rebellion coverage. Today we bring you updates on the Canadian Police State and we follow the Toxic Tour of Toronto.
http://submedia.tv/stimulator/2009/07/16/the-present-insurrection This Week: 1. State of the Future Report 2. Obama Acts on Climate Change 3. The Gangstas meet again 4. Le Boom Boom! 5. Squatting an airport 6. Earth First! blockade 7. EnCana's holey pipeline 8. Bobby Mac east it 9. Jedi Mind Tricks 10. Defending the resistance