Reclaim The Streets (Letters to Editor)
- News for Anarchists & Activists:
Editorials & Opinion : Friday, August 31, 2001
Letters to the editor, Seattle Times
'Reclaim the streets'
Protest vs. Mardi Gras: Just walking around brought citizens
Editor, The Times:
It seems interesting that while the media is busy decrying
the bullies in our schools and fretting over the safety of
our children in the classroom, ordinary citizens apparently
can have no expectation of the same on the streets ("Cops
get it right," Times editorial, Aug. 28).
The Reclaim the Streets party this past weekend is yet
another indication of how few of our civil rights are
Echoing both WTO protests, people simply walking on the
sidewalks of their own city were made to suffer assaults and
debilitating chemical attacks, as well as the taunts of
police officers who view this whole thing with an
us-vs.-them, military attitude. It's funny how the cops only
beat and gas citizens when so-called radical politics are
the motivation for the gathering. The police must want to
maintain the status quo, or something. When the party was
simply about booze and revelry (Mardi Gras), violent
criminals were allowed to roam freely in the streets.
It's also peculiar how the local media has simply repeated
the statements issued by the mayor's office and the police
department, without bothering to interview any of the
political dissidents. What lesson can we take from all of
this about the future of our American freedoms? I'll leave
that as an open question.
Nathan Morse, Seattle
Alex Morgan asserts that Seattle police officers deprived
the "Reclaim the Streets" demonstrators of their
constitutional right of peaceable assembly ("Rights left at
the curb," Northwest Voices, Aug. 28). He is wrong.
Once again, a rabble of hypocrites impeded pedestrians and
vehicular traffic, damaged property and assaulted police
officers. Their sole objective was provoking a response they
could whine about afterward.
This inane "Reclaim the Streets" movement is reportedly in
protest of commuters and consumers. Well, anyone who travels
semi-regularly from one place to another (to and from work,
for example) is a commuter, and anyone who eats food, wears
clothes or buys anything is a consumer. Apparently these
protesters don't work for a living (what a surprise), were
born fully clothed, and absorb nutrients from the air.
I am confident that most law-abiding citizens are sick and
tired of the litany of "violated rights" issuing from
sanctimonious hypocrites whose zealotry and lawlessness
destroy the credibility of peaceful, responsible activists.
Walter Smith, Seattle
News for Anarchists & Activists:
"It's a political statement -- or, rather, an
*anti*-political statement. The symbol for *anarchy*!"
-- Batman, explaining the circle-A graffiti, in
_Detective Comics_ #608