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SHOOT TO KILL ORDERED AT G8 IN GEORGIA

sf.indymedia.org | May 27, 2004

Pacifica News and the AP have both stated in the last two days that there is potential for the use of Lethal Force at the G8, DNC, and RNC this summer. Read on...

On May, 25 2004 Pacifica News reported on their daily news broadcast about the current orders being given to the police that will be responding to the G8 conference in Georgia this year. According to the broadcast, the governor of Georgia (as of May 25th), was going through the motions of declaring a “state of emergency” during the G8 protest. This so called “state of emergency” would allow the police in the entire state to break up, any and all “gatherings of people” to protest any event. However, the suspension of the first amendment is not the only card up this governor’s sleeve.

In correlation with this “state of emergency” the commander of the police forces has ordered a: “SHOOT TO KILL” order, that will pertain to all individuals that the police themselves feel are “threatening” the lives of “world leaders” that will be gathering for the event. This order will only go into effect if the governor is capable of issuing a state of emergency. But, you did hear me right, “SHOOT TO KILL.”

Upon hearing this my partner and I were shocked to say the least. Both of us want to be in Georgia this summer, but money is not permitting a cross country trip. Immediately upon hearing this new’s both of us attempted to brush it under the rug with as many excuses as possible, things like:

“They’d never do that”
“I bet it is only if the protesters break through a certain perimeter”
“This is just a scare tactic”
etc.

We were shocked, to say the least.

That was until today. According to the Associated Press On May 25th John Ashcroft made a press release to the public about potential terrorist attacks that will be carried out this summer. Ashcroft stated that this threat is highly probable, and that there is a grave danger of our nation being struck this summer. During this press release he stated that there were three high priority targets that would be considered major threats. These targets were: THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION, THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION, and THE G8 CONFERENCE. The point of this is not to debate whether or not Al Qaida will strike these targets, but rather is to look at this announcement in terms of what it means to the activist community. By announcing that the G8 conference is an Al Qaida target, Ashcroft increased the chances for the governor of Georgia to approve imposing a state of emergency during the conference. This would then result in the “shoot to kill” order being instated while the meeting is taking place.

This is something we all need to be aware of. The powers of oppression have used the War [of] Terror to raise the stakes yet again. They are authorizing the use of lethal force against any, and all threats that “THEY” deem appropriate. This is scary, especially after watching the pepper spraying of children, and the non-lethal application of force on the elderly and disabled, that has happened in the past year all over the U.S. Be prepared!!!

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