in Media Global Watch Bulletins
June 2, 1999
Truth in Media Global Watch
Bulletins on NATO's War on Serbia
Issue S99-97, Day 71
FROM PHOENIX, ARIZONA Topic: BALKAN AFFAIRS
June 2, 1999; 1:00PM EDT - DAY 71
1. Death of Freedom in
America? March on
Banned by Arlington Police!
Anti-NATO Protests Banned in Europe;
Beaten by Police
3. California Anti-war
Protester Beaten the
1. Death of Freedom in America? March on
Pentagon Banned by Arlington Police!
WASHINGTON, June 2 - As you saw in our Bulletins S90-93 and S99-94, there is a big
anti-war protest planned in Washington for this weekend. The plan was to assemble at the
Vietnam Memorial at noon, hold some speeches there, and then march across the Potomac to
Virginia, and reassemble for more speeches at the Pentagon.
We've just received word from one of the protest organizers, the International Action
Center, that the Arlington police had denied us the permit to march along public streets.
If we allow this decision to stand unchallenged, it will mean the death of constitutional
guaranteed freedom in America.
If you value your freedom of speech and that of peaceful assembly, we call upon you to
call or fax immediately the Arlington County Police, the governor of the state of
Virginia, the White House and the Justice Department - and demand that they reverse this
outrageous violation of our constitutional rights.
(1) Arlington County Police--phone: (703) 228-4252, (703) 558-2222; fax: (703)
228-4127, (703) 228-4192.
(2) Gov. James Gilmore, Virginia--phone: (804) 786-2211, fax: (804) 371-6351.
(3) White House--phone: (202) 456-1414, fax: (202) 456-2461.
(4) Justice Department/Attorney General Janet Reno--phone: (202) 514-2000 (Dept. of
Justice, ask for Janet Reno), fax: (202) 514-0323.
And now, here is the text of the International Action Center's message:
URGENT ACTION NEEDED - Permit Denied
In an outrageous effort to suppress the June 5 anti-war March on
the Pentagon, the police authorities have denied a permit to march on the streets to the
Pentagon. We are launching a massive political and media campaign to demand the right of
the protest to march in the streets of Virginia. We believe the White House and the
Pentagon are colluding with local police agencies in this effort.
We are appealing to all those who believe in free speech and
especially to those who oppose the war in Yugoslavia to assist us in a phone, fax, and
email campaign to protect the first amendment rights of all those who plan to participate
in the June 5 March on the Pentagon.
With just three days to go before the June 5 March on the
Pentagon, the Arlington County Police have denied the June 5th demonstration the right to
march on a small stretch of Virginia roadway between the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial,
located in Washington DC, and the Pentagon building, located in Virginia. This is an
arbitrary and political decision. It is an outrageous attempt to violate the first
amendment right to free speech. It is an attempt to either stop the June 5th March on the
Pentagon or to create a chaotic situation at the demonstration.
While denying the right of the marchers to the roadways leading
to the Pentagon, police authorities are trying to reroute the march into a narrow and
dangerous bike trail that at points becomes a single-file line, crossing a major highway.
The police know that this is not a safe or tenable route for a march of ten thousand or
more. The Arlington County Police refuse to return phone calls from the organizers and
attorneys of the June 5 march.
The June 5 demonstration is the largest mobilization to date
against the U.S./NATO war in Yugoslavia. We believe that it is impossible for the county
of Arlington police to unilaterally try to prevent us from carrying out an orderly
demonstration. We hold the Clinton White House and Virginia Governor James Gilmore
responsible for this flagrant violation of our rights.
We will not be stopped. The war in Yugoslavia has killed
thousands of innocent civilians. We will not allow the U.S. authorities to stop the
anti-war movement from exercising its rights.
Please immediately phone and/or fax to the following authorities
an angry protest against the denial of our rights to march on the streets to the Pentagon.
Tell the authorities, we demand the right to march on Route 27 to the Pentagon. Please
phone and/or fax to the following:
(1) White House--phone: (202) 456-1414, fax: (202) 456-2461
(2) Justice Department/Attorney General Janet Reno--phone: (202)
514-2000 (Dept. of Justice, ask for Janet Reno), fax: (202) 514-0323
(3) Gov. James Gilmore, Virginia--phone: (804) 786-2211, fax:
(4) Arlington County Police--phone: (703) 228-4252, (703)
558-2222; fax: (703) 228-4127, (703) 228-4192
2. Anti-NATO Protests Banned in Europe;
Demonstrators Beaten by Police
SWEDEN, May 30 - As you have seen from our earlier reports, anti-NATO protests have
been also banned in Europe right from the start of the war, with a number of protesters
being arrested and/or beaten (see Day 4, Update 1, Item 1, Mar. 27, and Day 12, Update 2,
Item 3, Apr. 4). This weekend, we have received the following e-mail from a TiM reader in
Sweden, which provides an update on that situation:
"Thank you for sending me daily your very valuable TiM
information. I share it with some people here who don't have access to the Internet.
Now I have several pieces of information that I want you to check
up and comment upon.
1) According to reliable information, any public demonstration
against the NATO war is now prohibited in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg. I
heard this from a friend in Brussels, a Russian woman living there. When she and her
friends tried to demonstrate, the police immediately clamped down on them and beat them
2) Another friend has picked up from a German TV program that the
ground war was planned to be started on August 8.
3) Lots of physicians in Britain and France have been ordered to
sign up for brush up courses in war medicine and be prepared for service at the coming
The sources of these pieces of information seem to be reliable
enough. Could you compare it with your own information? Keep up the good work."
Lars Adelskogh, Sweden
3. California Anti-war Protester Beaten the
SANTA CRUZ, May 22 - When Rodney King was brutally beaten by the California police, the
whole country and much of the world was treated to constant replays on network TV of an
amateur video which recorded the event. No such thing happened following the May 22 police
assault in Santa Cruz, CA, which left an anti-war protester comatose even though a local
TV station cameraman and a private citizen recorded the incident on video tape.
Anti-war activist, Steve Argue, was brutally beaten with night sticks by the Santa Cruz
police before being arrested during a protest prepared by the Santa Cruz Coalition to Stop
the (NATO) Bombing (of Yugoslavia). While on the ground, a cluster of police kicked and
struck him as one officer forced pepper spray into his throat, and directly into his eyes.
Then police allegedly waited almost an hour before taking their nearly comatose victim to
The reason for such police brutality? The anti-war protesters brought a boom box which
played a recording sent from Belgrade of the bombing. And they did it in front of the
McPherson Center, site of a black-tie fundraiser for Congressional Representative, Sam
Farr. It was the third event that week targeting Farr who had voted for war
Here is an excerpt from an account of the incident by one eyewitness:
"It was too real for one Farr supporter and the Santa
Cruz police. They ripped the boom box out of the Yugoslav woman's hand, but didn't arrest
her. Instead, they arrested an 18-year old girl who was standing nearby. This infuriated
the peaceful crowd which started yelling at the police: 'Why are you arresting her?'
Police then lunged at other participants, taking as their
immediate targets, a young woman and a man, each holding young children. As an officer (La
Favor) seized the young woman and applied a pain compliance hold, two other policemen
tried to tear the child from her arms.
It was at this moment that Steve Argue intervened to rescue the
woman and her baby. He allegedly punched La Favor in the face. When the police turned on
him, Steve began to run. He didn't get far before police tackled him to the ground, and
started kicking and beating him mercilessly, à la Rodney King.
Although he was nearly comatose and a hospital was located less
than five minutes away, the police refused for nearly an hour to take Argue to the
hospital. He was then taken to jail, and held in a solitary cell for over 72 hours. Argue
has been charged with felony battery of a police officer, as well as with resisting and
News reporters from Radio Free Santa Cruz were also arrested, and
their tape recorders taken from them. Community activists and attorneys are discussing
bringing charges against the police and a civil lawsuit against the city of Santa
Also, check out... Truth in Media Statement on Kosovo Crisis, "Wither
Dayton, Sprout New War?", "On the Brink of Madness", "Tragic Deja Vu's," "Seven U.S. Senators Suggest Ouster of
Milosevic", "Biting the Hand That Feeds You", "A Balkan Affairs Potpourri",
"Put the U.N. Justice on
Trial", "International Justice 'Progresses'
from Kidnapping to Murder", "Milosevic: 'A Riddle Wrapped in a
Mystery'...", "Kosovo Lie Allowed to
Stand", "New World Order's Inquisition
in Bosnia", "Kosovo Heating Up", "Decani Monastery Under Siege?",
"Murder on Wall Street", "Kosovo: 'Bosnia II', Serbia's Aztlan",
"What If the Shoe Were on the Other
Interstate - Not Worth American Lives", "An American Hero or Actor of the
Year?" (A June '95 TiM story) and/or "Clinton arme secrètement les
Or Djurdjevic's WASHINGTON TIMES columns: "Chinese
Dragon Wagging Macedonian Tail," "An Ugly Double Standard in Kosovo Conflict?", "NATO's Bullyboys", "Kosovo:
Why Are We Involved?", and "Ginning Up
Or Djurdjevic's NEW DAWN magazine columns: "Washington's
Crisis Factory," and "A New Iron Curtain Over Europe"