10 of our most beloved folks were arrested during #DisruptJ20. DC police brutally attacked protestors w/o warning and trapped them in a kettle. Your support for legal is VERY needed & appreciated at this time!
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We have so much gratitude for the immense amount of support we have received thus far. Thank comrades! <3
During #disruptj20 events, 10 of our most beloved Richmond folks were arrested during protests. DC metro police brutally attacked protestors without warning, using pepper spray, concussion grenades, batons, and even motorcycles. They trapped over 200 people – including medics, legal observers, and journalists – for hours upon hours before eventually arrested them under the guise of felony rioting charges.
Nearly all of the ~230 people arrested have been charged with felony rioting. DC police and prosecution are arguing that even being near the protest, regardless of what role was played, can be considered "willful" engagement. If the prosecution is successful, it will set a horrific precedent for the future suppression of protest and free press.
This experience has been deeply traumatizing. Many of our folks have already endured state persecution for years for being political dissidents, and this newly intensified round of repression is extremely taxing. Some of our arrestees have been harassed by local media, treating their arrests as tabloid sensations and threatening their jobs and livelihoods. The Scuffletown Anti-Repression Committee was formed in response to the arrests to support the Richmond J20 defendants, but resources are hard to come by, and we need help and protection from all of you to ensure our defendants beat these ludicrous charges. All donations will go to supporting legal fees, travel expenses, fundraising efforts, and aiding the Richmond defendants.
With all our love and rage,
The Scuffletown Anti-Repression Committee
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