"2600 EDITOR EMMANUEL GOLDSTEIN AMONG 900+ ARRESTED AT ANTI-RNC PROTESTS
Posted 1 Sep 2004 05:42:59 UTC
We've received word that Emmanuel Goldstein, the founder and editor of 2600, was among the hundreds of people arrested at the demonstrations against the Republican National Convention in New York City.
The march which Emmanuel was apparently trying to videotape ended at 16th Street near Union Square when the police surrounded the marchers and began arresting everyone in the area -- at least 150 people. Officers at the scene reported that the arrested will be charged with "parading without a permit," but reliable information will probably not be available until arraignments take place over the next day or two.
At least 900 people were arrested on Tuesday, August 31st, most if not all for nonviolent and minor offenses, offenses which in non-protest situations would generally not result in spending any time at all locked up. People arrested at previous protests have usually had their charges eventually dropped or significantly reduced as the judicial system notices that their is little or no evidence that the protestors have committed any crimes at all."
Those of us who have met Eric Corley aka Emmanuael Goldstein (a name from George Orwell's book 1984), either at conferences and congresses in the USA or in Europe, or who have read 2600 magazine or listened to his radio shows etc. will know that he is not likely to have committed any actual offence, but that he will have been standing up for his legal and human rights under USA law.
We will be watching with interest to see if he is swiftly released or not.
Apparently the authorities are not using proper police cells or prisons etc, but have instead created special concentration camps a la Guantanamo Bay, for these arrestees, behind razor wire in grungy toxic industrial buildings etc. without proper sanitation or other basic facilities.
If you think this this sort of thing can only happen in New York, have a look at the environment that we are being asked to tolerate in London such as the West End Dispersal Zone under the Anti-social Behavior Act 2003 and the designation of the whole of London within the M25 under the Terrorism Act 2000.
If Emmanuel Goldstein has been arrested, then what about us poor Winston Smiths ?
On September 20th, the DVD of the classic film version of "1984" starring Richard Burton and John Hurt is due to be released in the UK. We hope to be able to review this DVD here on Spy Blog.