Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Tanks Deployed to Peaceful Anti-War Protest

Two armored tanks, complete with gun turrets and fully-uniformed soldiers, were deployed last night to a peaceful anti-war protest in Westwood, near the UCLA campus. The tanks circled the block twice, the second time parking in the street, directly in front of the area where most protesters were gathered. Enraged, some people attempted to block the tanks (think Tiananmen Square), but police quickly cleared the street. Stunned citizens continued to protest the presence of the tanks, which drove off about ten minutes later.

If like me, you just can't (or don't want to) believe it, see photos, a video and the story at and at DemWatch.

Here's my question......when will the next Kent State-like government shooting of innocents occur, if this war-like mentality continues to exist toward peaceful expression of viewpoints?

What happened to the civil liberties that our forefathers so gallantly fought for...freedom of speech and freedom of assembly, among them?

Tanks and soldiers at an anti-protest protest? Is this Communism or democracy?

I am outraged. You should be, too. One thing is guaranteed...this insanity will grow and expand, and slowly destroy our democratic way of life, until it's stopped dead in its tracks.

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