Posted tagged ‘Protest’

Pepper Spraying Lands UC Davis Officers on Leave

November 21, 2011

The University of California at Davis (UC Davis) has placed two police officers on administrative leave after video of them pepper-spraying non-violent protesters sparked public outrage. Video of the incident can be found below.

The the incident set off tons of comments on the school’s Facebook page, most of them critical of police and the administration.

From CNN:

Friday’s incident has led to calls for the resignation of UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi, who announced the action in a written statement Sunday. Katehi said she shares the “outrage” of students and was “deeply saddened” by the use of the chemical irritant by campus police.

“I am deeply saddened that this happened on our campus, and as chancellor, I take full responsibility for the incident,” she said. “However, I pledge to take the actions needed to ensure that this does not happen again.”

And Annette Spicuzza, the campus police chief, told CNN that putting the officers on leave “is the right thing to do at this time.” They will be sidelined until an investigation is complete, and “hopefully that won’t take too long,” she said.


ABC News Reporter Miguel Marquez Beaten Covering Unrest in Bahrain

February 17, 2011

Miguel Marquez, an ABC News correspondent covering the protests in Bahrain, came under attack yesterday and was beaten by protesters. He was not seriously injured. Full audio of the incident can be found at the link below.

This attack comes just one day after CBS announced that reporter Lara Logan was beaten and sexually assaulted in Tahrir Square last Friday night in Cairo.


Marquez was not badly injured, but he was hit with billy clubs and his camera was pulled from his hands while he yelled, “Journalist, journalist, journalist!” over and over again, trying to show he was not a protester.

“Hey! I’m a journalist here! … I’m going! I’m going! I’m going! I’m going! … I’m hit,” he said.


Woodstock: 40 Years Later

August 13, 2009

It’s hard to believe that it has been 40 years since Woodstock! Not that I would remember, I was 9 years away from being born at that time 🙂

But the memories live on and we will no doubt relive the peace and love of the festival over the coming days as the anniversary approaches, this Saturday, August 15.

Were you there? How was it? What were you’re thoughts?

If you didn’t go, did you want to? Do you regret not going?

From the Associated Press:

The town of Woodstock didn’t want the concert and promoters were bounced from another site at the 11th hour. Lang settled on a hay field in Bethel owned by a kindly dairy farmer named Max Yasgur. The concert did come off Aug. 15-18, 1969, but barely. Fences were torn down, tickets became useless. More than 400,000 people converged on this rural corner 80 miles northwest of New York City, freezing traffic for miles. Then the rains doused everything.

It should have been a disaster. But Americans tuning in to the evening news that weekend saw smiling, dancing, muddy kids. By the time the concert movie came out months later, Woodstock was a symbol of the happy, hippie side of the ‘60s spirit.

Baby boomers are the “Woodstock Generation” — not the “Monterey Generation” or the “Altamont Generation.” Bethel’s onsite museum has logged more than 70,000 visitors since last summer, a fair number of them college students born well after Woodstock. A roadside monument there regularly logs visitors from around the planet.

“It’s almost a pilgrimage,” said Wade Lawrence, director of the Museum at Bethel Woods. “It’s like going to a high school reunion, or it’s like visiting a grave site of a loved one.”

From Lollapalooza to All Points West, there have been plenty of big festivals focused on youth culture. The continent-hopping Live Aid shows of 1985 did that and more, enlisting top names like U2 and Madonna to fight hunger in Africa. None have the cultural cachet of Woodstock. Who would ever ask a Generation X-er: “Were you really at Live Aid?”

People who went to Woodstock say the crowd set it apart as much as the music. The trippy anarchy of Woodstock has become legend: lots of nudity, casual sex, dirty (and muddy) dancing, open drug use. The stage announcer famously warned people to steer clear of the brown acid.

Atheists in Washington Going After Christmas

December 5, 2008

Alongside a Nativity scene at the Legislative Building in Olympia, Washington, a sign put up by an atheist group is celebrating the winter solstice. But it’s the rest of the sign that has some residents and Christian organizations calling atheists “Scrooges” for attacking the celebration of the birth of Jesus.

From the Seattle Times:

A protest, several counter-signs and a news conference are the latest in a flurry of activity spurred by a sign put up Monday by an atheist group in the Capitol building in Olympia.

Members of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a group of atheists and agnostics, put up the sign that says, in part: “Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds.” It was partly a response to a Nativity scene put up nearby by a private citizen.

Steve Wilson, 28, of Federal Way, is organizing a protest for 2 p.m. Sunday on the Capitol steps.

Wilson, who attends the nondenominational Christian Faith Center, said atheists have a right to air their views but that the sign they put up is disparaging to people of all faiths.

His plan is to hold “a pro-faith rally rather than an anti-atheist” demonstration, he said. “We just want to go show our support for people of faith. We don’t want any hate. We want to display a message of God’s love for all people.”

On Friday, Pastor Ken Hutcherson of Redmond’s Antioch Bible Church, plans to hold a news conference at the Capitol to unveil his own sign, which says, in part: “There is one God…. Atheism is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds.”

Earlier Thursday, two Olympia residents put up a “Statement of Christmas” sign, said Steve Valandra, spokesman for the Department of General Administration, which maintains the Capitol grounds.

Valandra said since Wednesday, his office has handled more than 300 calls on the issue — most from out of state, and that he anticipates getting more requests for other displays.

Earlier this week, Gov. Christine Gregoire’s office was inundated with calls — about 200 an hour, a spokesperson said, after Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly urged viewers to call to protest.

From CNN:

“Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds,” the sign says in part.

Dan Barker, a former evangelical preacher who now heads up the atheist and agnostic Freedom From Religion Foundation, said it was important for atheists to see their viewpoints validated alongside everyone else’s.

Barker said the display is especially important given that 25 percent of Washington state residents are unaffiliated with religion or do not believe in God. (A recent survey by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life found 23 percent of Washingtonians said they were unaffiliated with a religion and 7 percent said they didn’t believe in God.)

“It’s not that we are trying to coerce anyone; in a way our sign is a signal of protest,” Barker said. “If there can be a Nativity scene saying that we are all going to hell if we don’t bow down to Jesus, we should be at the table to share our views.”

He said if anything, it’s the Nativity scene that is the intrusion.

“Most people think December is for Christians and view our signs as an intrusion, when actually it’s the other way around,” he said. “People have been celebrating the winter solstice long before Christmas. We see Christianity as the intruder, trying to steal the holiday from all of us humans.”

The scene in Washington state is not unfamiliar. Barker has had signs in Madison, Wisconsin, for 13 years. The placard is often turned around so the message can’t be seen, and one year, someone threw acid on it, forcing the group to encase it in Plexiglas.

Cindy Anthony Confronts Protesters

September 15, 2008

Tempers are once again boiling over in Orlando as Cindy Anthony has confronted the protestors who have been perched outside her home. As much of a circus as this has become, we must always remember that there is a missing 3 year old girl, Caylee Anthony, who is the one that we must not forget about. I hope that they do find her alive but I know that this is proving to be more and more unlikely with each passing day.


Credit: Fox

From Fox News:

Screaming protesters have become a common sight in front of George and Cindy Anthony’s home. Around 12 a.m. on Sunday morning, a woman, who was accompanied by her child, began yelling at Casey Anthony’s mother, Cindy.

“She didn’t want that baby, so she could go and party. Stay up late and drink beer. You’re protecting her!” the unidentified woman screamed from across the street.

Cindy Anthony was hammering “No Trespassing” signs on her lawn when she confronted the protesters (Photo gallery: MyFoxOrlando).

Cindy: “See it, see it. Come here [expletive]!”
Protester: “I see your [expletive] face. I see your face. Why are you sitting there protecting her?”
Cindy: “I’m not protecting her! This is her home.”

Supporters of the Anthony family tried to defuse the situation, but Cindy continued after the child joined the exchange of words.

Cindy: “She’s not worth it.”
Child Protester: “Don’t you dare talk to my mom that way!”
Cindy: “Why don’t you learn some manners!”

Cindy then threatened to call the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and file a complaint on this protester.

Cindy: “DCF needs to be called on you for teaching your child that.”
Protester: “Call them! At least I know where my child is!”

The protester continued to shout at Cindy, even after George Anthony cames out of the house.

Protester: “Have your little body guards go and protect you.”
Cindy: “I don’t have any body guards right now. I’m fine.”

As the protesters packed into their sport utility vehicle to drive away, Cindy appeared to have lost patience.

Cindy: “You call her a [expletive] one more time.”
Protestor: “What are you gonna do [expletive]?”
Cindy: “Don’t call my grand daughter a [expletive].”
Protester’s Friend: “You’re gonna go to jail.”

A video recording of the confrontation reveals that the little boy, who accompanied his mother, got his arm caught in the door of the SUV. “Ow my arm,” he screamed. Even though he complained of being injured, it didn’t stop him from yelling out, “I hope you die!”

Casey Anthony’s Dad to Face Criminal Charges

September 9, 2008

George Anthony, the grandfather of missing 3-year-old Caylee Anthony, may face criminal charges after allegedly shoving two protesters. The Florida State Attorney’s Office is currently reviewing the allegations from the two protesters, who said Anthony shoved them outside his home this weekend.

From Central Florida News 13:

The Anthony family’s lawn was wrapped in caution tape, with “No Trespassing” signs posted, but in order for someone to get in trouble with the law for trespassing, deputies would have to catch them in the act.

“If you feel someone is trespassing on your property, and you call law enforcement, law enforcement has to be present when you ask these people to leave. Then they can be arrested for trespassing after warning,” said Carlos Padilla, with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

Padilla said the sidewalk in front of the Anthony home is fair game, as long as protesters do not get in the way of pedestrian traffic.

Protesters must have a permit in order to have a formal protest.

Fox News Goes Inside the Protests at Casey Anthony’s Home

September 9, 2008

I thought that I would share this with everyone who has been watching what has transpired over the past few weeks at Casey Anthony’s home. This is a transcript from “On the Record” with Greta Van Susteren from September 8, 2008.

Associated Press

Credit: Associated Press

From Fox News:



UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Who are you talking to, you little punk?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Go ahead, get out of here. Get out of here. We live here, you people don’t.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Tell the truth. Tell the truth.

GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: Well, in case you didn’t know, that was outside of Caylee Anthony’s home. And we’re going to go to Holly Bristol of WOFL. Holly, what is going on outside that home these days?

HOLLY BRISTOL, WOFL RADIO: Believe it or not, tonight it’s actually been a pretty quiet scene. I’m told that there are actually just two protesters out here earlier tonight. That was Friday night when the things really exploded and that was pretty much-

Things came to a boil between the neighbors out here and protesters. Neighbors say they don’t even feel safe letting their kids come out and ride their bicycles because there have been so many protesters out here in the streets.

And, you know, things have gotten explosive at times. People do have very strong opinions about this story, and a lot of people out here protesting are frustrated that they haven’t seen the family come outside to talk to them. But the family, obviously, doesn’t want anything to do with the chaos out here on the streets–Greta?

VAN SUSTEREN: I understand, though, that people are taunting them though, the protesters. I mean, this is an ongoing investigation and the police have their job to do and the family wants to at least try to have some peace in their homes.

Read Greta’s interview

Are the protesters taunting them and provoking them?

BRISTOL: At times, yes. This is the Anthony’s yard behind me, and I don’t know if you can see, but there’s caution tape all over the place. The Anthonys have tried to rope it of so people don’t step on their property and step in their yard. But there seems to be a difference in opinion between the Anthonys and the public as to what is private property and what is public domain, and that pretty much all came to a head on Sunday right before a vigil for Caylee.

George Anthony was out here, and some protesters were up here in the sidewalk, basically. And he asked them to move and asked them to move back, and they didn’t. And, essentially, there was a big shoving match between George and one of the protesters. And right now we’re waiting to see if the state attorney’s office is actually going to be filing criminal charges against George Anthony, because this is a police report that two of the protesters actually filed against George Anthony.

VAN SUSTEREN: What about Casey, the mother, has she started to talk to the police yet, because the police certainly want to hear from her?

BRISTOL: You know, at this point she hasn’t had a one-on-one sit down with police. According to Jose Baez and according to what Casey’s mom has been telling me, they have been forwarding tips to the FBI and to the Orange County sheriff’s office here locally in Florida.

And from what the Anthonys have told me, some of the out-of-state tips are not followed up on. We have tried contacting the FBI, but at this point they don’t really have much to say about the investigation. They’re being pretty tight-lipped about everything at this point.

But as for Casey actually sitting down with investigators, that hasn’t happened, Greta.

VAN SUSTEREN: Which, of course, is the one thing that everyone seems to be pushing for, is Casey Anthony, who is now out of jail for the second time, disturbing news that we keep hearing every day about possible clues, but her toddler still missing.

Holly, thank you very much and, obviously, it’s gotten into a heated point there on at least one night, but, still, no child, missing toddler.