one person's CM experience

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  1. This letter to the editor appeared in the Missoula Independent the week of May 1st.

    I hear you knocking. Yesterday I had the educational experience of riding my bike in the Critical
    Mass rally here in Missoula. I participated last year and it was a lot of fun. An act of harmless
    civil disobedience and a good laugh. Nobody got hurt, a few drivers got pissed off, an arrest or
    two, nothing to really write home about. The rally was an opportunity for bikers to say "hey, we
    have a right to be respected on the road also," and have a good time doing
    it.This year was a completely different experience. We showed up at the Xs and there were bike
    police circulating through the crowd. Not that this was that big of a deal, but it gave a
    different feel to the crowd. People walking up Higgins started warning us about the police
    blockades on cross-streets and the paddy wagons. My reaction was "not in Missoula." Oh boy, was I
    wrong. On our ride down Higgins, police blocked every cross-street, with plain-clothes cops
    recording the crowd (no doubt to plug the images into their new facial recognition databases),
    plain-clothed federal agents, and the whole militarized police force experience. At one point a
    biker tried to break from the crowd. I don't know, maybe he was going home or to Rockin Rudy's on
    Blaine St. to buy a CD. The police knocked him off his bike and wrestled him to the ground. Then
    the federal agents showed up and took him away. After that the bikers disappeared down an alley
    blockaded by the cops at the other end. At this point we bailed-it was turning into a good way to
    end up in jail. For what though, riding my bike? I don't get it. But I do get it, all too well.

    In the new America, dissent is not tolerated and will be dealt with severely. Since the Twin Towers
    thing, this country has been changing. Those who cannot be marginalized by television and propaganda
    will be taken away in paddy wagons when they break the rules to make a point. It is already
    happening at protest rallies in bigger cities, and now it is happening here. The role of the police
    is not to protect and to serve you, don't trust them. One police officer was saying "We're here to
    protect you." Bullshit. The role of the police is to control the general populace and at the same
    time convince that populace that the cops are here to protect them. Those who are already subjugated
    will stare blankly into their television sets, wave the flag on command and do what they're told.
    The role of the citizen is not to simply do as he/she is told. A good citizen tries to better his
    society for the good of all, even if it means taking a risk and standing up to authority. Democracy
    is sliding away in America. The path we are following leads to brutal oppression by the ruling
    militarized thugs and their corporate masters. Watch out, they will be knocking on your door soon
    with a picture that they snapped of you at your local Critical Mass rally. Jorge de Zulueta Missoula
     
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  2. Ken -Lsqny)

    Ken -Lsqny) Guest

    On Fri, 2 May 2003 08:18:05 -0600, "MissoulaBiker" <[email protected]> ranted:

    >An act of harmless civil disobedience and a good laugh. Nobody got hurt, a few drivers got pissed
    >off, an arrest or two, nothing to really write home about.

    Main Entry: 1riĀ·ot Pronunciation: 'rI-&t Function: noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old French,
    dispute, from rioter to quarrel Date: 13th century <snip> specifically : a tumultuous disturbance of
    the public peace by three or more persons assembled together and acting with a common intent
    --Merriam-Webster's

    Cheers, Ken (NY) Chairman, Department Of Redundancy Department
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    Why Don't Americans ask themsleves: "Why couldn't Al Gore Carry his own home state?"
     
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