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  • isbilln
    This is a good short article about Javier Perez, one of the anarchists that was abused and falsely arrested on May Day in Long Beach. It was written by Evan
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 26, 2001
      This is a good short article about Javier Perez, one of the anarchists that was abused and falsely arrested on May Day in Long Beach. It was written by Evan Kornfeld for Socialist Worker newspaper, but I thought folks in cyberspace may like to see it.
      Bill Neal
      ----- Original Message -----
      Sent: Monday, June 25, 2001 11:32 PM
      Subject: May Day Demonstrator Deported

      Los Angeles - Javier Perez, one of the demonstrators arrested in the police riot that took place in Long Beach on May 1, has been deported to Mexico.
      "It was as if I was given the death penalty," says Perez in a recent statement. "I came to the United States when I was 3 months old, I am 22 now and I don't have any family here in Mexico. How do they expect me to survive. I was raised in the US. I am proud of my culture, but realistically, I don't know  Mexico. I don't understand how the US can do this to me. They ruined my future."
      Perez took part in a May Day demonstration organized by Black Bloc anarchists in Long Beach, CA. The demonstrators were attacked by police officers, even though the protest was non-violent. The police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at the demonstrators. Perez was one of a group that huddled against a wall, trying to shield themselves. Some police officers told them that if they gave up peacefully,  they would only be charged with "unlawful assembly." The demonstrators agreed, only to be violently dragged away by the cops and charged with a variety of crimes.
      When Perez was in jail, the authorities offered him a plea bargain. If he pleaded guilty to two charges he would be sentenced to 30 days and then be released on bail. Perez agreed. A week after he was released, however, he was picked up by the INS.
      Perez's INS lawyer told him an investigator would interview him, then they would set bail him for him so he could fight his case in court. Perez waited a week in detention without seeing any investigator. Then he was deported.
      "I was an honor student at Valley College and enrolled in a program that will increase my chance for acceptance at UCLA," says Perez. "I was planning to apply during the months of May and June for admission for the winter. It is not only me that is being affected. My mother and younger sister are being affected emotionally financially. My mother works from 3:30 AM to 4:00 PM. I gave her about $700 a month, which is basically my whole paycheck, to help support our home. Now, with an increasing phone bill from all my collect calls I have made from jail, there is a great financial burden on my mother. If my mother does not find another means of income she and my sister may have to move out."
      A legal defense fund is being set up. There are two addresses people can write to:
      Alternative Gathering Collective
      P. O. Box 17546
      Los Angeles, CA 90017
      (Make checks payable to Ron Jones.)
      Don White c/o May Day Support
      P. O. Box 27061
      Los Angeles, CA  90027
      Evan Kornfeld
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