In 2002, police aggressively confronted environmental, anti-war and other protestors in downtown Portland, Oregon — where President Bush was speaking at a fundraiser for the re-election campaign of U.S. Sen. Gordon Smith at the Portland Hilton and Executive Tower.
In the late afternoon, police declared a, and threatened to arrest anyone who did not disperse. Very few people heard these announcements and police did not give the crowd time to comply. The police then , and many others. Children were among the victims of chemical attacks, including .
In 2006, the Libertarian Party will hold its national convention at . Unlike the barbed wire and riot police surrounded “Free Speech Zones” which encompass the president, no tear gas or rubber bullets will be required this time. Unlike New York, won’t even be .
Perhaps Republicans could learn something from this contrast. The Libertarian Party opposes the preemptive war in Iraq and supports free speech rights. The Republican Party supports preemptive war and denies freedom of speech and assembly. Millions of people have taken to the streets to protest Republican policies over the last few years. There has never been a riot precipitated by Libertarian storm troopers.
In addition to their official policy, typical grassroots Republican sentiment is displayed here:
al you fucks are faggots. how the hell can this bull-shit be compared to the holocaust. those protesters didn’t know shit. you don’t like the government, then get the fuck out of this country.
Below is new footage of the 2002 Portland atrocities. Most of the footage was taken from police video, so you’ll get to see it from their visual perspective. This video is something every true patriot should watch. H/T to Carl H.